The Perseverance And Personality Of Stephen Hawking
It all started two weeks after Stephen Hawking’s twenty-first birthday. Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease shortly after he turned twenty-one and persevered for fifty-five years following. He was born January 8th, 1942 in Oxford, United Kingdom and died 76 years later on March 14th, 2018 in Cambridge, United kIngdom. A boy who had died in the hospital bed next to him gave him hope about his life. Knowing not when he was going to die gave Hawking a new perspective on how to live the rest of his life. Science gave him something to do when his illness was weighing him down. Hawking persevered in many ways, but overcoming his illness was one that stood out among the others.
The boy who died of leukemia in the bed next to him gave him something to have courage about. He thought to himself that there’s always people in worse conditions than him. He realized although it will drastically alter his life it would not be as bad as the boy with leukemia. If he ever was feeling sorry about himself he remembered what that boy went through. “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled spiritually as well as physically.” Hawking is saying to not let your disability bring you down and to try to live your life as normal as possible. He manages to find courage in a terrible nightmare and uses a boy as a reminder to never feel sorry for himself.
Not knowing when he was going to die caused Hawking to change the way he thought of his life. He didn’t want to die as a person who hasn’t accomplished anything in life. People thought he had two or three years to live and he wanted to make the most of them. He was lazy before his illness, but it strived him to accomplish more than before. “In fact,” Hawking has said,” although there was a cloud hanging over my future, I found to my surprise, that I was enjoying life in the present more than before.” His illness strived him to achieve more which also caused him to live a happier life. He became more successful with his illness than he would have without it.
Hawking’s love for science gave something to focus on other than his disabilities. Even though scientist didn’t take him serious he still managed to make many scientific accomplishments. He wrote a book “Brief History of Time,” which many to sell millions of copies. He inspires many children, and adults, through science and his perseverance of Lou Gehrig’s disease. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” His disability slowed him down, but science was one thing that he could still succeed at. Hawking has overcome his illness and has become one of the most inspiring scientist on Earth.
Hawking has persevered in many ways in fifty-five years of having Lou Gehrig’s disease. A memory of a boy comes to his mind when he needs courage to overcome his illness. His illness has strived him to become something bigger in his life. Science gave him something to do when times were at most difficult. Throughout all his troubles he managed to persevere and live as much of a normal life as possible.
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