We all know Stephen Hawking. He is easily one of the most brilliant people the world has seen in recent years.
Born in January of 1942 in England, Hawking is renowned for his research in the field of theoretical physics.
In his first year of college, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and he was given only a couple years to live.
But he persevered and pulled through and now at the ripe, old, age of 74, he has 12 honorary degrees and he has never stopped researching or teaching.
He is also constantly working to inspire the same energy and commitment in others.
It doesn’t bother Stephen Hawking that he is permanently chained to a wheelchair or that he cannot talk without the help of a machine.
His motto in life is to keep watching the stars, and never shifting your gaze downwards to your feet.
He urges people to continue with their work because work is what fills our life with a meaning along with love.
Recently he lectured at the Royal Institute in London. In that lecture, he compared depression to black holes.
Black holes were once considered to be inescapable. But his own recent research has disproved that idea.
Just like falling into a black hole, if you fall into depression, never stop looking for a way out. You never know where you’ll end up.
He also urged the disabled to remember to stay hopeful to live life to the best of their ability.
Hawking said that a disabled person should focus on work in which their disability will not matter. If you are physically disabled it does not mean that you are mentally disabled as well.
He has never considered his disability to be a hindrance to his work. He even went on to laugh at how they’ve saved him from having to do administrative work.
Lastly, Hawking pointed out that people are actually willing to offer assistance and that it is our duty to make them feel like the effort they put in is paying off.