You have probably heard about Stephen Hawking as he is one of the greatest minds on the planet. When he was just 21, he was diagnosed with ALS, oramyotrphic lateral sclerosis which is a very serious and lethal disease. He was given just 2.5 years to live. Hawking is still alive and is 74. He is an enormous inspiration to all those people with disabilities. He still teaches and conveys many studies which are very important for the whole human population.
Hawking says that after he was diagnosed with this disease he lost every hope for having productive life. But then he decided to live fully and work with passion. He succeeded as he has twelve honorary degrees and he spent his life on studying the universe, robust theories on creation, theoretical physics and Big Bang theory.
During Hawking’s lecture in London at the Royal Institute he talked about depression:
“The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. 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”
He was also asked about his disabilities and how they affect his views on life on which he had a beautify answer.
“The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.While there’s life, there is hope.”
Then he sent a powerful message to people who need to live with disabilities like he does:
“If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault, but it is no good blaming the world or expecting it to take pity on you. One has to have a positive attitude and must make the best of the situation that one finds oneself in; if one is physically disabled, one cannot afford to be psychologically disabled as well. In my opinion, one should concentrate on activities in which one’s physical disability will not present a serious handicap. I am afraid that Olympic Games for the disabled do not appeal to me, but it is easy for me to say that because I never liked athletics anyway. On the other hand, science is a very good area for disabled people because it goes on mainly in the mind. Of course, most kinds of experimental work are probably ruled out for most such people, but theoretical work is almost ideal.
My disabilities have not been a significant handicap in my field, which is theoretical physics. Indeed, they have helped me in a way by shielding me from lecturing and administrative work that I would otherwise have been involved in. I have managed, however, only because of the large amount of help I have received from my wife, children, colleagues and students. I find that people in general are very ready to help, but you should encourage them to feel that their efforts to aid you are worthwhile by doing as well as you possibly can.”
You can watch the video with Stephen Hawking’s lecture on how to save yourself from the black hole and always remember: “while there’s life, there’s hope.”