Ep 30 08/04/2021
“ You don’t need to travel the world to be happy, you can do it right now and it can start with the way that you are and the way that you think”
Greig Trout grew up in Newcastle and is officially the Director of Kindness of 52 of Lives
Greig always wanted to be a geography teacher and fascinated with how the world works and nature.
“ As a child at 7 years old I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the kidney, it had spread all over my body.”
Cancer was a massive strain on Greig’s family, he doesn’t really remember too much about it and had to have his right kidney removed and a significant amount of radiotherapy, which meant that he now has a heart that is 20 years older than what it should be, scarred lungs, scoliosis of the spine and it has stopped him growing muscle and fat from the top half of his body.
At the age of 21 he was diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis and at the age of 30 he found a 10 cm tumour in his colon and he was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Greig was working for the police at the time, he had let his job be stressful, become dehydrated and was eating fast food, binge drinking and basically not living a healthy lifestyle. They removed about half of his bowel and had chemotherapy after that.
After overcoming cancer, Greig was gripped by fear, he couldn’t stop thinking about cancer and he would worry about absolutely everything. Then suffered from insomnia, eczema and the stress was just consuming him and he hated himself for feeling this way. He was then diagnosed with PTSD and tried all different forms of therapy and was doing anything trying to sleep.
Mental health and PTSD was one of the hardest things, far worse than the Cancer.
Then decided to do an ‘anti’ bucket list 101 things to do when you survive, things to look forward to doing in the future and instill hope in people as well. Greig moved out of his house, sold his things and figured out his next two years.
Greig then went on a journey of hope and inspiration for 2 years travelling the world trekking through the jungles and eating well and meeting so many wonderful people.He managed to sing at Sydney Opera House, cycled across American states, Skydived, swam with Dolphins in New Zealand, it was an incredible time, but there was so much more to why he felt it was so good.
“It is easy to look at the news and easy to believe the world is a nightmare, but it is not, it is filled with good loving and kind people”
“ We are brought up being told that you need to have this, you need to have this, but that is not going to bring you happiness.”
Greig is now the Director of Kindness, delivering a 2 hour workshop in schools which is completely free to help children realise the importance that kindness can play in their own lives.
Greig believes we can change our lives right now, we don’t need a trip around the world to change, we can breathe differently, sleep differently, eat differently and so much more.