“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change”- Stephen Hawking
A few days ago (on the 14th of March precisely), earth lost one of its jewels, the man so bold and so focused, so driven and so passionate, the man Stephen Hawking who made the profound statement above.
Just incase that name sounds strange to you, he was “a world-renowned British theoretical physicist, known for his contributions to the fields of cosmology, general relativity and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes.”- Physics of the Universe.
Peradventure like me, you don’t understand half of all that, just know that he was a very important man in the world of science, especially in the area of Physics.
“Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form ofmotor neurons disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis “ALS” or Lou Gehrig’s disease) that gradually paralysed him over the decades. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech-generating device, initially through use of a hand-held switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76.”- Wikipedia.
The long and short of the story is that he had a hard time with a lot of things, movement, speech etc. The disease cripples one’s abilities to do certain things and he experienced these things in growing measures. But he always looked at life from a bright side, a side that enabled him recognize and record more of the good things of life than the bad. He once said “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny”, imagine it. If we had nothing that could cheer us up, what kind of life would we have?
Incase you’re thinking, oh, he probably was very comfortable, that’s why he’d say that, take a look at him;
“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically”
He was all out to get the best out of life and was rather focused on WHAT HE COULD DO rather than what he could not. We know that many of us focus more on our deficiencies than we do our strengths, we amplify our weaknesses and deemphasize our advantages. Then we cry and feel that life is not fair to us.
WE NEED TO WAKE UP!
I sincerely pray that Hawking’s death (& Life) would WAKE US UP to the reality of how enabled we are, and not how disabled (or disadvantaged) we think we might be.
“You are only as disabled as your mind tells you you are” (Yours Sincerely)
A man who’d lost his ability to move about or express himself with his voice is yet freer than many of us would ever be. Here’s the key;
“It’s not how smart you are, it’s how are you smart?”
Bottom line is that IF YOU ARE GOING TO UNLOCK YOUR AWESOMENESS, You’re going to need to forget about how DISABLED You might be (in any area) & FOCUS on how ENABLED You are.
So here’s to an icon, a hero, a legend, who chose to be This-ABLED (incosmology, general relativity and quantum gravity) and left his mark in history.