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 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. After fighting for many years due to my illness, I finally graduated high school in February 2019. Beginning in September, I will be studying Psychology at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. 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. (Michigan) is home, (Ontario) is home.”
—Aleksandar Hemon

On April 17, 1998, I was born in Michigan, USA to my mother Amy and father Jason. Later that year, we moved to my father’s home of Ontario, Canada, where my brother Ryan was born in 2002. Following my parents’ divorce in 2004, my mom moved us back to her home in Oxford, Michigan, where I spent the rest of my childhood years. Meanwhile, my half-brother Zachary was born to my stepmom Denise in 2007. In 2015, following the completion of my second residential treatment stay at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, I moved to live with my father in Milton, Ontario while completing high school. I now reside once again with my family in Oxford, Michigan.

Why I Started Inspiration to Overcome

“Turn your pain into someone else’s hope.” 
—Unknown

It is my belief that our existence is meaningful because we are living for a greater purpose. My purpose through Inspiration to Overcome is to use the wisdom and hope I have found through my experiences to provide meaningful inspiration, encouragement, and advice to others who are struggling. 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. I have always been passionate about creating things, so I hope to inspire others with my written and physical works as well.