I happened to come across these words in The Dom last week, buried at the bottom of an article about Stephen Hawking not believing in God. Whatever his spiritual beliefs, I was knocked out by his simple but profound final thoughts, that were broadcast at the end of his funeral as an emotional address to younger generations. In case you missed them the first time around, here they are. Enjoy x
“Remember to look up at the stars
and not down at your feet.
Try to make sense of what you see,
and wonder about what makes the universe exist.
Be curious, and however difficult life may seem
there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don’t give up.
Unleash your imagination.
Shape the future.”
PS: Stephen Hawking’s funeral was held on the 1st of April …. isn’t that ironic.Lisa Nimmo is an author, poet and mum of two teenagers, based in Wellington New Zealand. To receive more poems like these direct to your inbox, enter your details here: