A man who was revered.
A man who was loved.
A man who was looked to for guidance.
All of these things, but most of all,
he showed the youth of the world,
that there is a way.
That you have the ability,
to become whatever you want.
Stephen Hawking had ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease,
for over 55 years.
He died on the same day that I am writing this.
March 14, 2018.
Ever since I was about 12 years old,
I've been more than interested in science.
This got me exposed to Stephen Hawking.
As I got older,
I started to actually understand what he was saying,
rather than just listen to,
pointless words from a pointless device.
The first subject that I could understand well,
was Hawking Radiation.
I won't get into the nitty gritty,
but it has to do with how the energy,
that a black hole absorbs is expelled.
The point in me saying this,
is not because I want you to know about science.
But because I want you to know,
how this singular man,
I watched the YouTube video that showed me Hawking radiation when I was twelve years old,
I am 16 now and know what it is,
I'm not a genius by any means,
but Stephen Hawking,
he gave me the courage to push forward,
to be eager to learn.
You might not know this,
but in the United States,
kids all around the country,
they are discouraged to learn
due to bad grades,
due to bad teachers,
due to bad funding,
they are essentially taught this,
nothing you do will ever be enough.
He didn't care.
Granted he didn't go to school in the U.S.,
but he was dealing with a different battle.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease.
This means that even though he is,
one of the smartest people on this planet,
he will be constantly bombarded by a blockade that he can't even see.
This is the same battle in a different form,
that every child in the U.S.,
These are all major causes of suicide.
Stephen Hawking gave us the courage to push past our,
to become something better.
Thank you Stephen Hawking for the service you gave to your world. You empower us.