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