FATHER'S DAY: 8 heartwarming letters from Australian executives to their children
06 September, 2015 | by Sarah Kimmorley
Andre Eikmeier, co-founder and joint CEO of Vinomofo.
I know we’re so very different as people, and thank god for that, ’cause I think you’re a better person that I ever will be, and this world is going to need people like you. We humans need to change, fast, and it’s you and your friends that are going to need to change it, before we self-destruct.
You are interested in the differences in people – their skin colour, their languages, whether they want to marry boys or girls (they’re both gross to you at the moment, but you’ll get over that) – don’t ever lose that.
Some people, as they get older, they listen to other people who tell them those differences are bad, or wrong. They become afraid of things that are different, things that they don’t understand. Don’t ever be afraid of those things. That fear is the reason people fight and kill each other, and it’s not good.
People also get greedy. You know what it’s like. You see something new, and you want it. But that’s another problem with this world – we all want too much. Everything we make comes in some way from the earth, and it goes back in some way to the earth, and we’re taking too much from the earth at the moment, and we’re dumping too much back.
You know about recycling, and not wasting energy – well, you’re going to have to make even bigger changes than I have. You might even have to learn to be happier with less stuff.
But that’s okay, because you know what? It’s not the stuff that makes us happy. Stuff can be fun, but it’s not the same as being happy. The way you are with other people, that’s what can make you happy. Laughing with someone, doing something nice that makes someone smile – that’s happiness. Loving someone like I love Mama, and like she loves me – that will be what makes you most happy, but only if you love yourself and the person you are.
You get to choose that person. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You can decide what’s right, and how you want to live your life, and it doesn’t really matter what you choose to do, as long as you can be proud of who you are, what you do, and your impact on the world.
And don’t forget to have fun. You don’t really ever have to grow up – not completely.
I love you most,