To Live Well, Don’t Be Disabled in Spirit

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“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.”
—Stephen Hawking

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking gave a surprisingly personal interview to the New York Times. In it he talks about what his life has been like with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and how lucky he is to work in a field where having this disease is not a handicap.

While diabetes doesn’t necessarily lead to disability, it can put limits on what a PWD can do.

But here’s a man who cannot move his body and yet he’s traveled the world—even gone into zero gravity. He communicates by twitching his cheek and yet he’s written revolutionary descriptions of how our complex universe works.

Stephen Hawking is an inspiration.

Simply put he’s saying don’t focus on the cannot in the world. It’s a waste of time and energy. Focus on the can in the world.

This is one of the secrets to living well with (or without) diabetes.