• Works of HeART Project

Turning Trauma Into Triumph

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

by Micki Findlay

I decided to attend the Nanaimo Heritage Festival yesterday to join a drum circle led by the talented Dave McGrath (aka 'Voodoo Dave'). What an uplifting, joyful experience! I found myself smiling the entire hour and a half. And as I looked around the circle, I saw other smiling faces - and several nationalities represented there - all coming together in one accord. Perfection.

After I shared what our project was about with a drummer sitting beside me, (a hilarious, refreshing character named Malcolm who has lived through four heart attacks and has decided to live life to the fullest) he said, "You have to meet a friend of mine! He is a rapper who has written a song about bullying and is coming by today. His name is Matt and his rapper name is SirReal. The song he wrote is called, 'Words Like Weapons'."

Well, I did get to meet 'SirReal' and, even after I called him the wrong name, he was gracious and kind to me, and agreed to connect to see if we might collaborate somehow. I came home and listened to his song. It is powerful. And, as it turns out, I know the young man who plays the main character in the video. It never ceases to amaze me how small a world this is, who you meet along life's journey and how they can sometimes fit into the plan... like a jigsaw puzzle.

SirReal gave me permission to add his song to our website. Thank you Matt. Here it is...

I discovered that Matt has had gone through more trauma than any one person should ever have to experience. Now he dedicates his life to helping others in crisis through his work, his music and through speaking engagements. I am posting this next YouTube video as well, so you can get a sense of who Matt is and the enormous obstacles he has pushed through to be where he is today.

Meeting Matt and learning something about his life has both humbled and inspired me. A remarkable young man. I am looking forward to getting to know him better. And his example reminds me there is always hope.

Matt (SirReal) had a choice to make… continue the downward spiral with tragic consequences, or to rise above his pain and make a difference. He chose the latter. And that takes courage and strength.

Where to find SirReal online:







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