We all remember the brilliant mind of Stephen Hawking which we miss in the science world but also in everyday life. We miss all his messages and thoughts meant to every person in the world.
This amazing person died on March 14, 2018, at the age of 76, and at the time of his death, he was the director of research at the University of Cambridge. Hawking received a dozen honorary degrees during his lifetime and in 1982, he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a high honor). He was Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College and Lucasian Professor at Cambridge (1979-2009). In addition to all these prestigious titles he was a fellow of the Royal Society, and a member of the US National Academy of Science. After Einstein, we have not has such brilliant theoretical physicists as Hawking.
Aside the scientific aspect, Hawking shared his wisdom through inspiring thoughts which were a great inspiration to many generations all around the world. His wisdom was not with incomprehensible words but precise and short so that anyone can understand them. His life was not easy, but it has never stopped him to be human and to struggle up to the last day of his life.
At a young age he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (Lou Gehrig’s disease), in 1963 when he was 21 years old, the doctors’ diagnosis was only 2 years to live, but they were very wrong. He fought the illness all his life and managed to live 53 years more than the prognosis of his doctors. Therefore, he was a person that really knew things about life.
He gave many speeches, but the one in 2016, at the University of Southern California College of Letters, was very meaningful and every person in the audience could relate to it.
The theme of the speech was black holes, but Hawking used them as a correlation to our inner self. He said: “The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted”. This was referred to all the people who suffer from depression.
“They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought.”
“Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up – there’s a way out…”
With these words of wisdom he encouraged people to think positively in life, as life is not always a black hole, there is always a way out.
Furthermore, he stated:
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
In his speech he referred to a life with disability and emphasized that your life should not be based solely on your disability. Moreover, no one should be blamed for your condition. Pity is not an option, but we should always look on the positive side of life, and take all the best that life offers.
In his field of work, theoretical physics, his disability was not even an issue, but in fact it helped him in the lecturing part and administrative work that he would have to do if it weren’t for his disabilities. He said that every help is welcomed like he had it in his life from his wife, children, colleagues, and students. People that are around you are willing to help, but you should let them know that their efforts are worthwhile no matter of their amount.
Stephen Hawking was a brave man who led fulfilling life, so his words really count and whenever we encounter an obstacle in our life we should just think of him and know that we can overcome it.