Do You Know Who Professor Stephen W. Hawking Is?
Professor Hawking is a theoretical physicist, who has written several books and has attended both Oxford and Cambridge. I have seen him several times on television and am astounded by his intellectual ability. By the way if you don’t know, he suffers from ALS (amyotropic lateral sclerosis) a fatal neurological disease that usually kills it victims in a few years. Professor Hawking does not like to discuss his abilities in the context of his disease. Let’s face it though, the man is confined to a wheelchair and at this point can only communicate by a specially made computer. He is what most of us would consider completely paralyzed. ALS however does not affect the brain and he remains one of the most brilliant people alive. His disease does not define him.
My point in mentioning him is that perhaps in our road to reinvention, we need to make better use of what we have. Some of us may have less physical ability than others but have our right minds. Are we using what we have to the best of our abilities? Or do we let a panoply of excuses keep us from moving in the direction that we know that we should take? What do we allow to define us?