One of the most learned and renowned scientists of the world has passed away on March 14 and we couldn’t feel more sorry than anytime else. The vacuum that Stephen Hawking’s death has left is nearly impossible to fill. The man was not just one of the brightest minds in the world, he also went on to inspire millions in all walks of life.
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Stephen Hawking, aged 76, died on March 14, leaving the entire world speechless and in sorrow. One of the most coincidental things to happen is that of his birth and death. Hawking was born on 8th January, 1942 which coincides with the 300th death anniversary of Galileo Galilee whereas his death on 14th March 2018 coincides with the birth anniversary of Albert Einstein. The phenomenon has caught quite a lot of eyes.
With social media erupting with messages and tweets being poured in, people have been quoting Hawking in this sorrowful time. While it is going to take us some time to get over it, I give you 6 life lessons we all could take from Stephen Hawking.
1. Never Give Up
One of the most eye catching qualities of Hawking is that of his ability to never give up on life. Discovered with Motor Neuron Disease at the age of 22, he was given only a couple of years to live life. And yet, here we are, looking at a scientist live life to the full and pass away at the age of 76.
“It matters if you just don’t give up.”
“I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.” are some of the quotes from the great scientist.
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2. Stay Humble
People who has read about Hawking know this to be accurately true. Hawking, despite one of the greatest minds in the world was never boastful of his achievements or contributions. He stayed humble and also inspired millions to stay the same in his own wit.
“I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.”
3. Be Real
Stephen Hawking accepted things the way they were. He was a complete realist. With his achievements, it is only fair if we follow the same path.
“In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind.”
“There is no unique picture of reality.”
“Although September 11 was horrible, it didn’t threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do.”
“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
4. Be Curious
One important life lesson we could all learn is that of staying curious. Stephen Hawking was exceptionally curious about physics which made him question everything in sight. While we may not all be curious about physics, we can nevertheless be curious and ask questions, because questions are the only way we can find answers.
“I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.”
“I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something greater than nothing.”
“So remember, look at the stars and not at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
5. Self Confidence
Perhaps one of the most important lessons Hawking left us learnt is that of having self confidence. He has humble, yet he had the confidence to baffle the entire world.
“No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius.”
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6. Be Witty
One cannot leave the lesson of accepting life with wit. Stephen Hawking did just that. He accepted all his disabilities, his faults, his world with complete wit, which make him one of the very few people who is loved worldwide. He had a unique quality of joking around without offending anyone around him, a quality that only a handful of people possess. Being witty not just enlightens you, it also helps you understand yourself more and helps you accept your realities in your own unique way.
“Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.”
“I can’t disguise myself with a wig and dark glasses – the wheelchair gives me away.”
“Sometimes I wonder if I’m as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries.”
“It’s a pity that nobody has found an exploding black hole. If they had, I would have won a Nobel prize.”
May his soul Rest in Peace..Amen!