During the past five years, American Punk Rocker, “Crusty” Craig Lewis, has been healing from a traumatic brain injury caused by pharmaceutical medications, he was disowned by his family for speaking about childhood abuse and he was disinherited by his working community in the United States after he reported sexual and ethical violations in the workplace. He then spent 15 months homeless, mostly in Europe, and while there he gave over 50 professional mental health training and community empowerment events in well over one dozen countries.
Currently, Craig has just celebrated his one year anniversary of living in Mexico, where he arrived with nothing but a backpack and the clothes on his body, and without speaking the language. Craig has published two books (one of which is currently available in 10 languages) and in the next few months he will be publishing three new books including a coping skills workbook based on what he has learned during the past 5 years, titled, “The Craig Lewis Guide to Surviving the Impossible”. Craig lives his life with Viktor Frankl and other brilliant spirits whispering in his ear, and this has resulted in his happiness.
Today, we’re kicking off a special series of 10 videos, documenting Craig’s journey, featuring interviews with various personas met around the globe and his way to inspiring personal transformation. See the introductory video and the first instalment below!
𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑂𝑛𝑒: 𝑀𝑎𝑥 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑃𝑜𝑙𝑡𝑎𝑣𝑎 𝑈𝑘𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑀𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑎𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐻𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑎𝑐:
I had the distinct privilege to visit Ukraine in 2018. I was invited to give a presentation at the Kharkiv Hardcore Festival. It was a magical and special experience that I’ll cherish forever.
The second day of the festival I met this guy named Max who was wearing a bathrobe.
At some point he changed into his flight jacket and jeans, and he had a little bit to drink, which is obvious; and he told me after hearing me speak; well you can watch the video and hear for yourself.
𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑀𝑎𝑥 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑃𝑜𝑙𝑡𝑎𝑣𝑎, 𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐼’𝑚 𝑎 𝐻𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑎𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑎 𝑀𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑎𝑐; 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑑 𝑔𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑦 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑙 𝑓𝑢𝑒𝑙 𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑘.
Ukraine is a place that I will return to again and again.