Inspirational Speaker and Trainer Brendon Burchard believes that at the end of our lives, we will ask ourselves three questions:
“Did I live?” “Did I love?” and “Did I matter?”
Oprah talks about the need to be seen…really seen. As in “do you see me?” Do you hear me?” “Does what I am saying matter to you?”
I think we can all relate to that question. Wondering whether or not we truly matter.
During my conversation with Derick Fage, he talks about relentlessly going after his dreams in order to make sure he mattered. That struck me right in the heart.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Derick Fage has spent his career pushing boundaries and raising limits. Always the entertainer, Derick is an actor (starring in several independent films and also working in live theatre), and is the Host and Producer of Daytime Ottawa on Rogers.
I had the privilege of sitting down with Derick on set at the Rogers studio. This time, I was on the other side of the big red couch.
In February of this year, Derick publicly shared his very private story of a medical condition that he was born with. I, along with hundreds of others, applauded Derick and sent him messages of support and love. As I read and re-read his story, I wondered what would happen if I shared my own story. By him sharing something so personal, and even shameful, I considered the courage it required; but I imagined the relief it must have brought to him as well.
I wondered if I could so the same.
Derick sharing his story was an impetus for me to share my own. I am deeply grateful for him and I wanted to delve deeper into his life. I felt a connection, and I wanted to explore it. I was humbled when he agreed to the interview.
Derick is a winner, and I think we can all learn something from this man who lives his life with relentless determination, tremendous courage, a sense of humour, and an attitude of gratitude.
If you’ve been following along with me, you’ll know that I hold a core belief… that we are not alone.
We are all the same.
We are all one.
We are not alone.
Yet if we have gone through something, or if we are currently dealing with a situation, we can feel isolated. We can begin to believe that we are alone.
By Derick sharing his story, it was also a reminder of another belief I hold true: that our secrets keep us sick.
If you have ever felt alone or if you are living with shame, then I encourage you to watch this interview with Derick Fage. And then go and tell one person. By sharing your secret with someone else, someone who will love you no matter what, then the healing can begin.
Be the change. Share your story. Free yourself. And make this world a more connected and gentle place.
Because I want you to love your life one bite at a time.