Who I Am Today
“I CAN overcome; I WILL overcome; I HAVE overcome, so long as I know why.”
—Inspiration to Overcome (Me), #174
My name is Daniel Gervais, and I live with severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), chronic depression, and social anxiety. I am a Christian who has struggled with periods of doubt and questioning and the perpetual state of uncertainty that comes with living in this world. I have a passion for collecting mineral and rock specimens, among other things, and a keen interest in geology, the social sciences, Christian and other religious studies, and philosophy. Other hobbies I enjoy when I am able include crafting, baking, hiking, biking, and traveling. I am fighting to finish high school at the age of 21 (19 now) after missing years of school and returning part-time due to my illness. Currently, my primary focus in life is on overcoming my illnesses day by day, moment by moment, and engaging more with life and the people around me. I believe that I can overcome, I will overcome, and that in many ways, I already have.
Location and Family
“I have two homes, like someone who leaves their hometown and/or parents and then establishes a life elsewhere. They might say that they’re going home when they return to see old friends or parents, but then they go home as well when they go to where they live now. (Oxford) is home, (Milton) is home.”
I was born in 1998 in Michigan, USA to my mother Amy and father Jason. Later that year, we moved back to my dad’s home of Ontario, Canada, where my brother Ryan was born in 2002. After my parents’ divorce in 2004, my mom decided to move herself, my brother and I back to her home in Oxford, Michigan, where I spent the rest of my childhood before moving to live with my dad in Milton, Ontario in 2015. My half-brother Zachary was born to my stepmom Denise in 2007.
Why I Started Inspiration to Overcome
“Turn your pain into someone else’s hope.”
It is my belief that our existence is meaningless if we are not actively working for a greater purpose. My purpose through Inspiration to Overcome is to use the knowledge and wisdom I have obtained through my experiences to provide meaningful inspiration, encouragement, and advice to others who are struggling. In particular, many quotes, aphorisms, and other words of truth have been helpful to me at various points along my journey, so I began collecting and compiling my favorites to use as reminders during difficult moments. This is my method of sharing them with the world.