A Reflection On The Life Of Stephen Hawking
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” ―Stephen Hawking
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A Reflection On The Life Of Stephen Hawking
On this day, March 14, of last year, the world said goodbye to renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking.
What strikes us as so inspiring about Hawking’s story is how distinctly human it is.
We often define celebrities or public figures by their most prominent and obvious attributes, their most attention-grabbing thing. We place them on these impossible to emulate pedestals, or reach for the other extreme, and exile them into hiding. Either they are “entirely good” or “entirely bad,” — two labels which create a disconnect between “us” and “them.” (A habit of classification that we are all guilty of.)
And if we are being honest, the general public remembers Hawking as that super smart guy with ALS who, by some miracle, managed to live well into his 70s.
But that’s not the whole of his story. In fact, it barely scratches the surface of the universe Hawking existed in.
Hawking wasn’t just his disease, and he wasn’t just his theories. Underneath his medical struggles and scientific prowess, he was human like the rest of us.
He had dreams and aspirations, and a distinct personality and wit. He fell in and out of love. When he was younger, he struggled to find friends and craft his identity.
Hawking wasn’t superhuman emotionally. Like anyone, he had a hard time coming to terms with his diagnosis and for years, even well into the onset of the disease, let his pride get in the way or receiving the help he needed.
His character wasn’t flawless. His relationships with friends, family, and colleagues had their ups and downs — — something everybody is familiar with.
But despite having extenuating circumstances piled on top of the human struggles we all face, Hawking kept a positive outlook:
“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.”
He didn’t play the victim or give into looming anger or depression.
And this is the universally applicable lesson we can learn from Hawking’s life. This is what really connects us to him.
No matter what you face, you have the tools in and around you to overcome and carry on.
His has an exceptional story, yes, but only in that it is exceptionally human.
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This is for you math geeks out there (like us!)…
It’s Pi Day! 🤓🥧
Today is March 14th, or 3/14, or 3.14 → which is the number we call “pi”!
Pi is a mathematical constant that is defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. (Nerdy, we know… but still a great excuse to eat some pie!)
For a million digits of pi, go here. How many can you memorize? 😂
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