This week we feature an article written by Azima M in Year 9, hoping to inspire students with motivation to do the best they can in their ongoing A Levels and GCSEs.
"Stephen Hawking was born to a medical research secretary mother and a research biologist father. Growing up, he was drawn to Physics and Maths, believing that they offered the most fundamental insights into the world. After graduating from Oxford and starting a PhD in Cambridge, he was always on the lookout for a single theory that described the universe and wanted to change the world for a better place. Whilst his own private universe expanded as he proposed to the girl he loved...suddenly all the light faded out and darkness was all he could see…Motor neuron disease struck. A disorder that paralyses people who lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow and eventually breathe. Slowly, despair, loneliness and helplessness drowned the midst of his youth and all of his dreams and goals after years of hard work and dedication seemed so far out of reach.
Stephen realised he may not be able to live long enough to earn his PhD and began to look at the universe in a unique perspective. Every new day became a bonus and he began to appreciate everything he had. Despite his health deteriorating rapidly. Despite starting to lose the control of his limbs. Despite starting to lose the ability to move or speak. His mind ,nevertheless, was expanding and creating one of sciences’ most bizarre ideas leading to the world’s greatest discoveries such as the origin of the universe and black hole theories. It’s truly miraculous how a man who couldn’t move, who couldn’t talk, who couldn’t speak.... somehow, still found a way to make wonderful and ever lasting contributions to the world we live in today. His determination and unwillingness to give up proved the initial two-year diagnosis to be wrong as he lived over 55 years with his condition.
I think we will all vastly benefit from taking an example from Stephen Hawking, to not give up and instead aim high towards our goals in the midst of struggles we may face today.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you just don’t give up. “-Stephen Hawking "
Ms M Holian