If we take our cue from Silicon Valley, there’s no reason to fear dying — or even think about death — because soon enough we’ll all live forever.

By the headlines, it might seem like Peter Thiel is on the cusp of finding the key to eternal life and that startups will soon succeed in making us immortal. One of the co-founders of Google hopes to “cure death” and the tycoon behind Oracle finds the idea of accepting our mortality as “incomprehensible.”

Not only we will live forever, they seem to believe, but we will be part of “the Singularity,” merging with artificial intelligence and transcending our mere human limitations. And, God forbid we don’t get there soon enough, if we do die, we will be frozen in liquid nitrogen and re-awaken when the quest to immortality has been reached.

The rest of us, even if we don’t believe that humans will suddenly be merged with computers, would still rather avoid thinking about death. It’s unpleasant. It’s scary. It’s sad. Why would anyone want to think about the thing they don’t want to happen.

The truly wise know that both those mindsets are misguided. They know the secret: that death is not something to be avoided or fought, but embraced. And that doing so is actually a formula for great insights, breakthroughs and wisdom.

Memento Mori: Remember you are mortal. It was this powerful idea that fueled the ancient Stoics, that transformed Montaigne from an indulgent rich man to a great writer and thinker who would write volumes of popular essays, who’d serve two terms as mayor, travel internationally as a dignitary, and serve as a confidante of the king. It’s the motivation of the great forms of the 17th century artwork called vanitas.

Death doesn’t make life pointless; knowing it’s there creates priority and thinking about it gives you perspective. So you can focus on what’s important. Below are seven reminders adapted from The Daily Stoic to help you find inspiration in your own mortality and think differently about death.