Sam Berns' happy life speech discusses the importance of having a happy life. At the age of 2, Berns was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called Progeria, which entails tight skin, stinted growth and heart disease. At 17-years-old, Sam Berns is a Junior at Foxboro High School and tells the story of him gaining the position of a percussion section leader in his high school's marching band.
In Sam Berns' happy life speech, he tells the audience of the difficulties of his small frame as he was unable to carry a snare drum due to his light frame. Through a series of experimentation and trials, he manages to fulfill his dream of becoming a member of the marching band by constructing a snare drum harness that is lighter and easier to carry.
In overcoming personal shortcomings, Berns lets the audience know that instead of ignoring the problem, one should let it in and acknowledge it.