Last week, I came across this video via Upworthy. In it, Sam Berns, who was only 17 years old, talks about living with Progeria, “an extremely rare genetic disorder wherein symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at a very early age,” (from Wikipedia).
Sam did have Progeria, but the disease did not define his life. Yes, it clearly caused him to make some accommodations, but it was not the driving force behind his day-to-day mood, or even his life goals. Even though the Upworthy post indicates that he passed away about 3 months after this was filmed, he clearly lived a full life.
There are times when I get down about minor things. Things much more easily navigated than a disease like the one Sam dealt with. Hearing him speak and listening to his simple but profound rules for happiness, I’m humbled. And inspired. And shamed. And encouraged.
Life is simply too short to get all worked up over everything. Sometimes, even over big things. We have to seize what joy we can and live in this moment, right here, right now. I know that’s far from an original observation. Hell, it verges on trite, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
If you have about 13 minutes, I strongly encourage you to give the video a bit of your time. If you don’t, make the time. It’s well worth it.