The Theory of Everything: While There Is Life, There Is Hope

Monday, February 23, 2015


If you haven't seen the biopic on Stephen Hawking, "The Theory of Everything", I highly recommend watching it. If you're looking for inspiration, this is a movie to give it to you. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, in his early twenties, while working on his PhD. They told him he had two years to live, but has now lived fifty. He has defied the odds of his diagnosis and made great advances in his research and career during his lifetime. There are a lot of us who have lost someone to illness and watching them deteriorate was more than we felt we could handle. There are some of us who've been dealt heavy blows and are feeling like we are carrying a bag of bricks. Jane Wilde watched him slowly deteriorate for decades. She took care of him, and their children, and somehow managed to keep her sanity while everything was chaos and hardship.

There are people in this world who have strength untold, and dig their heels in and make the best of it while they can. These are the people that are able to find joy amongst the hardest trials of their lives. All of us have this kind of strength within us. We just have to focus on the small hills of each day and before we know it we've climbed an entire mountain.

Hands down the best quote of the movie was as follows:
"There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. However bad life may seem, while there is life, there is hope."

As long as you are alive, you have the ability to find something to hope for, and to find joy with whatever hand you're dealt. Sometimes it may take a while, but it will be there, no matter how small.

Have you seen the movie? If so, what was your favorite part? What small ways did you find joy in something difficult?



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