Oh my goodness everyone, this Ted Talk was absolutely amazing. It gave me goosebumps, made me smile, and had me feeling all sorts of happy inside. The young man who did this talk, Sam Berns, was a high school student who played the snare drum for his school marching band and has the most amazing out look on life. Another thing you should know about Sam, is that he has Progeria. This is a very rare disease that only affects about 350 kids world wide today. The effects of Progeria are tight skin, fragile bones, massive weight loss, and usually the children appear to be a lot older than they really are. The life expectancy ranges from 7-30, although most only live to be about the age of 13 . Progeria is a devastating disease that could cause major depression, sadness, and negativity, but Sam is different.
In today’s world, many people tend to focus on all of the things that can go wrong or that are going wrong. Then there are people like Sam who only focus on the positive, yet doesn’t even know if he will live to see the next day. Sam’s philosophy to a happy life is actually pretty simple. He explains that when something negative happens or goes on in your life, then you should find something positive that supersedes it. This concept really made me think about my life, and how many great things I could think about when I am having a bad day. A quote from Sam that also really stood out to me was, “I don’t waste energy feeling bad for myself.” Wow. We never think about ever feeling sorry for ourselves, but we ALL do it. When you think about it, think about how much time and energy you have spent feeling sorry for yourself because of a flat tire, getting a cold, spilling your coffee, not being about to go out with your friends because of work. Trying to not feel sorry for yourself is a very important lesson that could improve everyone’s lives if they tried it.
Bravery. This is a major characteristic of Sam’s that made him strive and succeed to live a happy life. Sam stated in his video, “Being brave is not supposed to be easy.” If it was easy, then everyone would do it all of the time, right? Sam has had to be brave for not only himself, but for his family and friends as well. Sam explained that when he is going through a tough time and he has to be really brave, he always thinks about how he has something to look forward too. Whether it be big or small, there is always something better coming ahead. This is also a wonderful life lesson that can apply to all of us. A forward thinking state of mind could change the world. Sam understood this concept.
After watching this Ted Talk, I decided to go ahead and do a little more research on Sam. I learned that he had passed away about 3 years ago at the age of 17. Although this pulled at my heart strings immensely, I thought about what he just said in the video I watched a few minutes before. There is always something better to look forward too. Although I only watched Sam speak for 10 minutes on a computer screen, he had made an impact on my life, in which I will try to carry out his words by action. In today’s world, we should all try to be like a Sam.
Wonderful Ted Talk, recommended to everyone.