Creator of Culture #1 Andrew Read
Andrew is an amazing, authentic and full of life human who came across our paths when he worked with our Social Media queen Grace. I then met him when he was living out of his van, and needed a place to stay. Our home had an empty old garage with nothing in it, so we offered it to him, and consequently, he crafted it into the most beautiful living and bed room space - it was seriously something out of grand designs. Andrew has this incredible ability to take something ordinary and make it extraordinary. As soon as anyone meets Andrew, they are showered with a sense of his genuine LOVE! He is one of those guys that is shaping the culture around him, just by being true to himself and what makes him happy. Andrew oozes love, and everyone that comes in contact with him is affected by it.
Here is the first of the series, Andrew a creator of culture.
One word to describe you and why.
Stereotypical. I'm a barista with a beard, I live between a garage and a van, I ride longboards and other 'alternative' surf craft, I have a record player with vinyls on my desk and I now do most of my shopping at op shops. For someone who has always struggled with people trying to put me in a 'box', I find it quite humorous that I fit that stereotypical image quite well haha
One thing you struggled with as a teenager?
'Masculinity'. Growing up with competitive sport being the centre of my world there was always pressure to be 'the man', to never show my competitors or the outside world any vulnerabilities or perceived 'weaknesses', I felt I had to be the old school 'masculine macho man'. This, coupled with the social pressures of being labelled one of the sporty guys at school created a mould to fit into that felt really unnatural. It wasn't until my late teens that I became more comfortable with my masculinity, or femininity, depending on how you look at it.
Who defines what is normal? And why?
You do. You are the only person who can decide what is normal for you. You can google 'is *insert any subject here* normal?' and there will ALWAYS be an exception to the 'norm'. If you feel like any given scenario should be normal, or feel like it's normal for you, then that's all there is to it!
Who is your role model, and why?
Lauren Hill and her parter Dave Rastovich are two great role models of mine. They're extremely passionate and authentic people who never seem afraid to show it, I find their approach to life individually and as a couple extremely inspiring. They're a power-duo devoted to activism of the greatest kind. They're avid supporters of the environment, sustainability, human rights and equality. Not only do they talk exceptionally well about what they believe in, they also surf exceptionally well
Where do you find joy?
In the ocean, on the road, behind a coffee machine, in a cafe behind a book, anywhere where your senses or imagination can be ignited
Why do you do what you do?
Not for many other reasons than it feels good
What are you passionate about and why?
Love, in all it's forms. The love between family, friends, partners, or even the love you show towards a stranger by doing a good deed or helping them out. If more people were able to let down their facade and be open to giving and receiving love, how good would that be?! I try to live by the motto of 'always be a little kinder than necessary', and to me that kindness is love.
One bit of advice to young people today.
Let your friends know that you love them
At the moment I'm running with: Would the world be in the mess it is if we were loyal to love and not to countries - Graham Greene