While death is simply part of what it means to be human, few people live their lives assuming that each day will be their last. Unfortunately, there are times when we are forced to confront this painful fact of existence and try to make our way through the ensuing emotions.
That’s what happened when Katy Ned’s fiancé, Russell “Tre” Kraus, passed away at 32, just as they were making all the preparations for their wedding. Tre’s dream for their honeymoon was to see the ruins of a Mayan temple and climb to the very top, so that’s what they decided to do. After his passing, Katy wasn’t sure what to do about this shared dream, but she went anyway, honoring her late fiancé in the process.
When she went to the Mayan ruins and ascended to the top, she wasn’t content just admiring the view. Instead, she left a message in a bottle decorated with an accessory that should have been used at her wedding. Hoping that she could use her heartbreaking story to inspire someone else to live life and love to the fullest, she made sure to put a stopper in the bottle before walking back down to the ground.
Well, the plan went off without a hitch. Imgur user man0nthemoon915 was also visiting the Mayan temple ruins that day and climbed to the top shortly after Katy. When he saw the bottle, he immediately knew it held something important. He took a few pictures and then opened it up, pulled out the note and began to read. What Katy wrote touched him so much that he knew he had to share it with others. Her message deserved to have a much wider audience than just himself. He uploaded it on Imgur and let Internet users do what they do best, make it go viral.
“To anyone who needs hope,
My name is Katy, and I am supposed to be on my honeymoon. However a week before I was supposed to marry the love of my life, my best friend, he passed away. His name was Tre and he was a funny, strong, loving and caring man who made me feel like I was the only girl in the world.
From the first time he held my hand, I knew this was the man I wanted to marry.
We wanted to see the Mayan Temple and ruins and he was very excited when we decided to go on this cruise. So [I] decided to take this journey, make this climb for him.
My words of encouragement is [sic] this, never give up, easier said than done I know but try. There’s so much life ahead and you never know when it’s over. Always love. There’s so much hurt and anger in this world, you don’t want to leave this world without love in your heart. Always be yourself and laugh, because the one for you will always love you truly for who you are and will never make you feel as if you have to change anything. The one for you will always make you feel special like royalty. But remember, you need to feel and be the same way to that person as well. That’s respect. Whoever finds this letter, I pray you find or have found that kind of love. That love that brings out the best in you, that makes you a better person. And for anyone that has found that love and lost it, keep loving others, don’t let the love die, try to laugh, always live life.
The almost Katy Kraus”
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