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Monday, January 13, 2014

Making the most of a life set on 'fast-forward'

I just read the sad news that a remarkable young man named Sam Berns has passed away from 'old age'.  Sam was 17 years old.

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Sam was the subject of an HBO documentary called 'A Life According To Sam' which took an in-depth look at his battle with Progeria, a rare disease which causes accelerated aging.

Watching Sam's TED talk last month, entitled, 'My Philosophy for a Happy Life', I was prepared to feel sorry for this kid... but instead came away feeling deeply grateful for the life lesson he taught me.

Take a few minutes to watch this inspirational presentation:

 

Rest in peace, Sam Berns.  When my time is done, I hope that I will have been able to collect and pass on as much wisdom as you managed to share in your short life.

Posted by David Bogner on January 13, 2014 | Permalink

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thanks for sharing

Posted by: robert | Jan 13, 2014 3:50:20 PM

What an inspiring young man... taken all too soon. Barukh Dayan ha-Emet.

Posted by: Elisson | Jan 14, 2014 6:42:47 AM

Wow - wise way beyond his age. As someone that deals with a disease that is in no way as bad as Sam's (Multiple Sclerosis) the ability to put things into perspective is truly admirable. I Second the Baruch Dayan Emet.

Posted by: Aharon Fischman | Jan 16, 2014 8:01:14 PM

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