This is incredibly inspiring from Stephen Hawking.
Even though he usually speaks about physics and the forces that govern the Universe, he decided to turn his intelligence to help those in need.
At a packed lecture theater, he had these words to say to those who are suffering with depression:
“The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought.
“Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up – there’s a way out…
“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 just give up.”
As a man who has overcome such incredible obstacles and lived such a brave and amazing life, this advice couldn’t come from a better place.
Originally published on The Power of Ideas.