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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.


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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