The circumstances of our life and of Stephen Hawkings

What if, what if, what if?

What would have happened to Stephen Hawking had he, perhaps, been born into a poor family that couldn’t afford for him to go to Cambridge? Would he have developed NMD and died within two short years, accomplishing nothing out of the ordinary? What if he hadn’t attended the mathematics lecture that inspired his theory of singularities and geometry of space-time? What if he hadn’t been in the pub that particular night he met Jane? What if she allowed the doctors in France to take him off life support when he got pneumonia?

What if, what if, what if.

It’s all so circumstantial isn’t it? Our lives. It reminds me of a quote by Jonathan Safran Foer:

Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.