Sam Berns died at the age of 17 on january 10th 2014.
At the time of death he looked plus 80.
He suffered from a rare genetic disorder called Progeria, which accelerates aging.
Sam Berns became the face and poster of the fight against progeria.
He became famous as a leading motivator, who lived life happy with what he had, not complaining for what he didn't have.
In December 2013, speaking at the world famous TED conference he said - “Even though there are many obstacles in my life, I don’t want people to feel bad for me,”
“I don’t think about these obstacles all the time, and I’m able to overcome most of them anyway.”
Berns’s speech was titled “My Philosophy for a Happy Life.”
In 2013 Sam Berns was subject of an HBO documentary called “Life According to Sam.” Berns is credited with inspiring many people through his bravery in fighting the illness.
People transformed after meeting him. One man said - “You’re a different person after you meet Sam for the first time.
You go through every day worrying about traffic jams or why the Internet is so slow or when will i make enough money to buy that ferrari, but here is Sam Berns, carrying on with his life which can end at any moment. He didn’t want people to feel sorry for him, he said he was happy and he meant it.”
At his funeral, his father said, during his last days, even while knowing the soon to come outcome Sam was still making plans and talking about what he wanted to do in the future. Sam was wildly extraordinary.
His classmates, the local priest, the entire community that saw his grow and die just said one thing - He chose not to define himself as a victim.. he chose to be happy.
MIND MANTRA SALUTES THIS WONDERFUL SOUL... AND WISHES HIM WELL IN THE JOURNEY FORWARD.
I TAKE THIS MOMENT TO ASK EVERYONE READING THIS POST, TO SPEND A MINUTE THINKING... THERE IS A SAM IN YOUR HEART... STOP WORRYING... ENJOY THE MAGIC OF LIFE.
YOU MIGHT NEED TO DETACH FROM SOMETHINGS.. AND RE-ATTACH YOURSELF TO OTHERS.. BUT LIVE LIFE IN YOUR TERMS.. LIVE IT HAPPY.
LIVE IT LIKE SAM BERNS.
BE A SAM BERNS.. WHO LOOKED DEATH INTO ITS EYES AND SMILED ALL THE WAY TILL THE END.
(Psychiatrist and Motivational Writer/Speaker)