Last year I watched a documentary on Sampson Gordon “Sam” Berns.
Sam suffered from Progeria and helped raise awareness about the disease before he passed away.
Though I do have my own struggles every day, I will never know what it is like to live a life like Sam did.
I did however take away a few things that he said.
Don’t waste energy feeling sorry for yourself.
Sam was diagnosed with progeria when he was 2 years old.
This disease is an extremely rare genetic disorder wherein symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at a very early age. There is no cure. Most people that have this do not live past 13 years of age.
Sam lived to be 18 years old.
His entire life he was ‘different’. His mind worked just as good as anyone, but his appearance was not normal.
I’m sure some of you grew up feeling ‘outcast’ based on your looks. I can tell you it wasn’t as bad as Sam.
The best part? Sam had an amazing outlook on life. He didn’t let his physical features, and disease, keep him from being happy and participating in life as fully as he possible could.
Whatever you are going through right now that makes you feel sorry for yourself isn’t that big of a deal.
All you have to is change your outlook and get back to whatever it is that you want out of life.
Spend some time focusing on yourself, what you want, and go make that happen.
Use that negative energy and self doubt at motivation to take your life to the next level.
Surround yourself with people you want to be with.
This is something that comes up often in the ‘self help’ world.
Any successful people that speak, write books, or tell their story always mention that one of the keys to success is to surround yourself with positive people. People who not only want the best for themselves, but also want the best for you.
If you surround yourself with people that are constantly saying or doing negative things, you are more likely to do the same.
You do not HAVE to be friends with, or associate with anyone that you do not want to.
Sure you may have to tolerate some people in your work environment, but in your ‘real’ life, you need a solid support system if you plan on living a happy healthy life.
Sam could have ‘tried to fit in’ with the cool crowd, instead he did his own thing and became the cool crowd. He didn’t let what anyone thought or said about him get to him. He let it go and allowed the positive people to come in and make his life better.
On one of the morning shows here in Atlanta, the host constantly talks about Energy Vampires. These are the people in your life that suck that positive energy right out.
You know what? When they suck that energy out, it doesn’t have a positive affect on them, it just disappears. Don’t let people suck up your positive energy, let them be stinky all on their own.
Keep moving forward
Everyone looks back on their life and wishes they had done something different. You are not alone in this.
Many of the most successful people wish they had done MANY things different, I know I do often.
You know what though? Without having made the choices I made, and gone through what I’ve gone through, I would not have the wisdom today to make better decisions.
Being able to take what you’ve learned from the past, and apply it to your future, is a HUGE step towards success.
Never forget your mistakes, instead use them as stepping stones towards your future.
If you don’t, you’ll be stuck in the past forever and never fully satisfied with your life. You want to be satisfied don’t you?
When you get knocked down you are always allowed to take some time and digest what happened. It’s OK to feel bad about something, it’s not OK to dwell on it so long that it keeps you from moving forward.
Get back up, get out there, and live your real life.
Bonus: Never miss a part if you can help it!
Sam was certainly not someone that could stay out late getting wild and crazy…but that didn’t keep him from having a good time.
Through all the unnecessary life drama, physical ailments, and awful situations he had to deal with, he kept an extremely positive outlook on life. That is so powerful to see and moved me.
Life is serious and you should take it seriously, but not so seriously that you miss out on the good times.
I hope this helps you all as much as it helped me.
Have a kick ass week!