Today we’d like to introduce you to Gregory LeDuff.
Hi Gregory, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am the third, so I go by Tré. I was raised in Inglewood, and just like everyone else I have a story. Growing up everything seemed perfect, mom and dad were together, family dinners every night, I played sports and I received good grades. What more could I ask for? Fast forward to my junior year of high school, it’s time to get ready for college and decide where I will attend in the next couple of years. I was extremely excited and couldn’t wait to finally experience college. In March of 2013, I was lucky enough to attend the Black College Tour where we toured a handful of HBCUs for about five days. The trip was amazing and almost life-changing… I got a feel of what going away to college would feel like, I was ready. Little did I know my life would take a turn for the worst the weekend I got home from the trip. Sunday March 31st, 2013 I tragically lost my mother to suicide, and ever since then nothing has been the same. Family wasn’t the same, my drive to succeed in school wasn’t there anymore, and I pretty much lost all hope in MY life. As the years passed by many people ask me how I’ve been able to stay so strong, and I never really knew how to respond.
But now as a 25 years old man, I know how I’ve been able to maintain strength. I’m living as if my mom is still right here by my side, trying to be that light, trying to be that burst of positivity just like her. The words she left behind for me have helped me to keep going in this life. “You are strong, you are a leader, you are a kind person.” Little did I know these words would soon inspire many others to keep pushing through whatever pain they may be facing. In September of 2020, I was gifted a hoodie with my mom’s words on it in her exact handwriting, probably one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. I decided to share this hoodie through Instagram, and the message resonated with so many people. A few days later, I decided to make this hoodie available for anyone to purchase, not knowing what the outcome would be. I was extremely surprised at how many people reached out to me admiring my mother’s message, and many even opened up to me sharing their own personal stories. It felt as though a small community was formed based around my mother’s words which made me the happiest I have ever been in a long time. Through all of this my sister, my friend, and I have put together a brand called “Remiiinders.” And our sole purpose is to remind individuals that they are not alone in the process of discovering themselves.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My path has been everything but a smooth road, matter of fact this road I’m on is still extremely uneven. But through it all, I’m learning that I must fall in love with my process. The biggest obstacle I’ve faced was losing my mother. She was my backbone, she was my best friend, she was PERFECT. If you’ve lost someone dear to you, you know this pain. I began questioning everything; “Am I on the right path?” “Am I enough” “was it my fault?”.. all of these doubts have held me back from many opportunities. Through it all, my eyes have been opened, and I’ve found purpose in my life. I can’t wait to continue conquering any other obstacles along this journey. One of the biggest lessons I’ve gained from this part of my life is to truly live everyday like it’s your last.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m currently self-employed, I’m a personal trainer. Throughout my life, I’ve always been active and full of energy and in the past couple of years, I found a passion for working out. I just recently decided to take it a little more serious and help others reach their fitness goals just as I am. I’m very proud that I’ve been able to maintain consistency with this path, if you’re going to do something you might as well give it your all and the results are inevitable.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t think luck has really played any part in my story. It is what it is and it ain’t what it ain’t, simple as that.
- $60 hoodies
- Email: Remiiinders@gmail.com
- Website: Remiiinders.com
- Instagram: @Remiiinders @trefromabove
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