Remembering Sam Berns and his philosophy on a happy life


Sam Berns’s life was improbable. He was born with progeria, the genetic disorder that results in rapid, premature aging in children. It’s very rare that only about 250 children worldwide have been discovered yet. Doctors predicted that he will live up to 13. But proving them wrong, he died last week at the age of 17.

Sam Berns, at age 17, stands in front of some of his Lego creations. Photo courtesy HBO

Today I found a TED talk that was given by Sam. In brief, it was about his philosophy on a happy life. The way he embraces the life.

Here is the summary of his talk.

1. Be OK with what you ultimately can’t do, because there is so much you CAN do.
2. Surround yourself wuth people you want to be around
3. Keep moving forward

Judging his philosophy is up to you. But I do realize that he lived his life to the fullest by knowing that he would die soon. Even though his life was short as 17 years, I’m sure he enjoyed every bit of it. Having said that we can’t just frame happyness to be look like a defined model. It’s subjective.

You don’t need to be rich to be happy. Just look at Sam if you need any example.

Below is the TEDx talk I mentioned above. R.I.P big man! I learned something valueble from you.

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