“The day I was diagnosed I made a promise to myself that I would not spend the rest of my life in bed watching television — which is bizarre because it’s my favorite thing to do.”
Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, is riddled with cancer, can barely walk, and has been given 3-6 months to live, but that hasn’t slowed him down one bit. Simon has always been a humanitarian, giving to countless food banks that help feed the less fortunate. He is also a advocate of PETA and has left a large sum of his fortune to animal shelters. He is doing all of this while 6 different kinds of cancer destroy his body. In the speech I embedded above, Sam gave two words of advice to people over 40 — one was to get a colonoscopy, and the other was to tell someone that you love them. While the first thing is probably only necessary for the over 40 crowd, I think that people of any age should tell someone that you love them. That is a universal truth. Making every second count is the most important thing anyone can do in their lives. Sam Simon isn’t wasting anytime, even with death staring him in the face. We could all learn from him.
PS- Sam Simon is everything our “Badass of the Week” is about.