There was no better way to see in the New Year today than by watching the wonderful movie that is ‘The Theory of Everything’. For those of you unsure, this is the new film about the life of Steven Hawking and his progressive journey through life with Motor Neuron disease. He was given approximately two years to live but he is still with us today. As a future medic I found this film extremely thought provoking. One line particularly caught my attention,
‘Your thoughts won’t change, it is just that soon people won’t know about them’.
This quote, I think, profoundly sums up the suffering of those with motor neuron disease. To be totally aware of your decline, to have your thoughts as intact as they were from the days when you can still walk to the days where you require constant assistance must be torturous.
This movie has captured that struggle immensely well and I cannot commend Eddie Redmayne enough for his highly considered performance. I am so glad I watched this film as I think I understand this suffering to a greater level now.
I have a new found respect for Steven Hawking and the incredible hurdles he has overcome, both personal and professional. He is one of the greatest minds of our time and he has not let his MND sway him from his work. He is an inspiration.
I’ll leave you with this quote which contains a mentality I wish to adopt for the New Year:
‘However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.’
Thank you, and Happy New Year!