Some of you may not know this, but my early life intentions were to be a mathematician. In college I worked my way through the ranks and was actually pretty good. I was accepted to one of the top mathematics programs in the country (at that time) and did so with honors. During my time studying higher mathematics I became hypnotized by space and time and anything to do with the origins of life and life in the universe.
I read 2 books which would shape and change my life forever: On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking died today at the age of 76. I find incredible inspiration in the fact that he never allowed himself to makes excuses even though he was confined to a chair due to the effects of ALS. The man continued to push the boundaries and push to understand more about our world.
When I look at the pictures of Hawking confined to that chair it makes me realize that I allow myself to make tons of excuses.
As I transitioned my studies from math and science and added philosophy and religious history I met a professor, Dr. James Tabor, who expressed to me he had one goal: “to make the familiar strange and the strange familiar.”
Stephen Hawking did that for me with his writings.
RIP Stephen Hawking