I just want to take a moment to wish Stephen Hawking a very happy 71st birthday!
Dr. Hawking is a rock star physicist who is best known for his work relating to black holes. He is a retired professor and author of many popular science books. Who knew that he and I would have not one, not two, but three things in common? Honestly, not me! But, here they are:
1. He and his (first) wife had their first date on New Year's Eve. [Dan and I had our first date on New Year's Eve, 25 years later.]
2. Neither of us has ever won the Nobel Prize. [This is a stretch, I know. He has made important discoveries about the universe and I can't point out one constellation, but still, its something we have in common.]
3. We are both living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
At the time of his diagnosis, Stephen Hawking was told he had about two years to live. He chose to live and make his life count. He fell in love and got married (twice), he had children, he finished his PhD, he became a professor, he became a best-selling author, he won numerous awards in his field, and the list goes on. His life is an achievement in itself and an inspiration to so many.
Physically debilitated by ALS but never relinquishing his mind, he has made the most of life these past 50 years. Happy birthday to you, Stephen Hawking, and thank you for your inspiration to live life to its fullest!