Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Contents -

The renowned “rock star” of physics, Stephen Hawk­ing, passed away last month, and peo­ple the world over felt a pang of mourn­ing for the man who, while struck by a mis­for­tune that would have caused many to give up, per­se­vered and made a mas­sive im­pact on the world, pep­pered with his well-known hu­mour.

Through his many books and in­ter­views, Hawk­ing gave those who are not as sci­en­tif­i­cally-in­clined a glimpse into the vast­ness and majesty of the uni­verse that sur­rounds us, and, I am sure, in­spired many young peo­ple over the years to ded­i­cate their lives, as he did, to the pur­suit of knowl­edge.

As such, there are numer­ous say­ings he had ut­tered through­out his life that are among some of the fa­mous quotes in the world. One of my per­sonal favourites is: “How­ever dif­fi­cult life may seem, there is al­ways some­thing you can do and suc­ceed at.”

How en­cour­ag­ing it is to re­alise that, if you are hav­ing a day when things just do not seem to be go­ing your way, you have a cer­tain as­pect about your­self – a tal­ent, an in­nate abil­ity – to do some­thing, cre­ate some­thing, which is ex­tra­or­di­nary.

Per­son­ally, this en­cour­ages me to not fo­cus too much on that which is not in my con­trol, but take joy in the things in my life that give me joy.

I will end this ed­i­tor’s let­ter with another quote from Hawk­ing, which I hope will en­cour­age you to re­main cu­ri­ous in an ever-in­ter­est­ing world: “I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep ask­ing th­ese ‘how’ and ‘why’ ques­tions. Oc­ca­sion­ally, I find an an­swer.”

I hope that you en­joy this edi­tion of PREMIER; safe trav­els!

Jour­ney To Kioko Lake © Klaus Tiedge

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