Tim Shriver Discusses His New Memoir, 'Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most'

The author shares the secret he harbored as a child and his lifelong quest to make a difference.
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Transcript for Tim Shriver Discusses His New Memoir, 'Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most'
We're now an educator, Tim shriver grew up a Kennedy. Harboring a secret about one family member's lifelong challenge with disabilities. Now revealing this and a whole lot more in his memoir. It's beautiful. Fully alive: Discovering what is matters most. I had an opportunity to sit with him. Why did you write the book? I was surrounded by people in my work and life and family. These people have a real insight into what matters most. Is that what you mean by fully alive? Fully alive is here I am, I love who I am, I have a dream, vision and passion to share. And I'm ready to give it to the world. In your family, a lot of special needs. People who challenges. Your aunt rosemary, and knowing that there was something different. How did the family handle that? It was a very difficult time. They tried to almost fix her. See if they could make it go away. But in the end I think she taught them all something. That power isn't something you get, it's something you give. That real power comes from giving yourself to season elomeone else. And that's the lesson that shaped them all and shaped my generation too. Think of the wonderful family and all that you have accomplished, when it's said and done, people are going to remember this part of your family's legacy. It's amazing to me that rosemary Kennedy inspired some of the most powerful and lasting changes in this country and other countries. Can I have the -- There. The good hands here. Special olympics, you are the chairman and has been. It's something that goes back to your mom. Yeah. You see there, play unified. Yes. Play unified. Don't play angry, don't play distracted, don't play for just defeating other people. The message of this movement, 4 million athletes, 170 countries, so many million was volunteers. Teaches kids today how to not be afraid or not understand those people who are not exactly like them? I hope some day that every school in America will have a special olympics team. And when the band plays and the cheerleaders dance and the crowds cheer, they will see a person with downs syndrome, a person with autism, as an icon of the school's values. I think this little ball can be a real weapon in the fight for a more inclusive future. All of us being fully alive. Fully alive. So when people pick up the book and close it, what do you want they want to feel? What do you want them to know that they didn't? I hope they'll see the stories of people in their own families. You know, it's a story about my family, but I hope it's a story about your family too. The reader's family. Let go of the secrets and the fear. You'll find yourself feeling very much like a special olympics athlete who runs their best race, raises their arms on the finish line and goes that's the best I can do. I'm a champion. Hey, Tim, thank you very much. Thank you. We're going to be spending a lot of time between now and July. I hope so. He is a special man. Fully alive is in bookstores starting today. And the 2015 special olympics world summer games open July 25th, 2015 in Los Angeles. I'll be there.

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