Since the age of five, I've wanted
two things: to be a mother, and to be a published author. At the age of 34, I've finally accomplished the first goal, as a proud mother of a 6-month-old daughter. As for the latter, I came as close
as I probably ever will in the year before I got pregnant.
At that time, I put together a
book proposal, landed an agent, received positive feedback from publishers and
started to feel as if my dreams were finally coming true. Then things fizzled
out. I went back and forth with my agent about the possibility of reworking the
whole damn thing. But then I got pregnant. I got distracted. I started to have
strong feelings about diaper bag patterns.
Now I feel my dreams of traditionally published
authorship dissipating like a cloud of smoke. The kind of smoke that gathers in
the air when I burn the vegetables I'm preparing for that roasted vegetable
panini recipe because I stepped away to change a diaper. Sometimes, seeing that
dream drift away hurts. Sometimes it doesn't. Then I saw the latest Sophia Grace Brownlee music video.
Not only does this 11-year-old
have a better wardrobe—and better dance moves—than me, but she has also achieved a
level of fame and success I never will. And she's not the only one.
The following young ones are all doing more than
I ever will. And as I look at them, I wonder what the hell I'm doing with my
life. Luckily, there's more than one definition of "success," and as
I mentioned in my last post, my life is already in abundance.
1. Sophia Grace Brownlee, 11 years old, YouTube Pop Star
Sophia Grace is an 11-year-old YouTube pop sensation who hit it big when she covered Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and, subsequently, appeared on the Ellen Show. Her most recent video release is a song of her own: "Best Friends."
2. Moziah Bridges, 12 Years Old, Bow Tie Purveyor
Moziah Bridges founded Mo's Bows in 2011 when he was just nine years old. His grandmother had taught him how to sew his own bow ties using fabric
scraps. I am such a sucker for adorable
children in bow ties. Also, I'm not only impressed by Bridges's
entrepreneurial spirit, but by his fashion sense and sewing abilities as well. I, myself, have my husband hem my pants for me (she says while hanging her head
3. Aelita Andre, 8 Years Old, Abstract Expressionist Painter
There are apparently a ton of talented children out there kicking
ass in the art world, because children are magical and I am a bum. I'm most
drawn, however, to the work of Aelita
Andre, whose paintings are vibrant, dreamy and surreal. I want to
give her all my money because, honestly, I've been looking for some quality
artwork to hang in my living and dining rooms.
4. Ayan Qureshi, 6 Years Old, Computer Whiz
A few months ago, when he was
still just 5 years old, Qureshi became the youngest MCP (Microsoft
Certified Professional) in the world. These certifications are information
technology professional certifications for Microsoft products. When I was five,
computers were not yet a thing. So I feel that maybe I can let myself off the
hook for this one.
5. William Poteet, 11 Years Old, Math Whiz
Poteet is not on this list for
matters of professional success, but rather, for his smarts. At the age of 11,
he is well on his way toward earning
his undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University, where he takes
honors calculus courses with people nearly twice his age. I, on the other hand,
never made it past high school pre-calculus. Which I barely passed.
What have I accomplished this week? ... Nuclear fusion? I'll leave that to the (13-year-old) experts.
6. Isabella Rose Taylor, 13 Years Old, Fashion Designer
dress reminds me of a top I bought my very first time in an Urban
Outfitters when I was 21 years old and had just moved to Boston to attend
Emerson College. Memories. The girl who designed this dress is just thirteen. She was
youngest designer to appear in NY Fashion Week. You can shop more of her
7. Alec Greven, 15 Years Old, Author of "How to Talk to Girls"
It took me about 30 years to even
come close to publishing a book, and in the end, it just didn't happen. Greven, on the other hand, published his first
self-help book ("How to Talk to Girls") at the age of nine, and has since published
four more. He has been on the New York Times bestseller list. I give up.
8. Asia Newson, 11 Years Old, Entrepreneur
Newson sells candles through her
website, Super Business Girl,
but that's not what impresses me so much. Rather, I'm impressed by the fact
that money she raises goes to support the entrepreneurship workshops she offers
in both junior high and high schools.
Lily Warren was just 8 years old
when she decided
to start a lip balm business with her younger sisters. Her parents had
started beekeeping, and after learning about beeswax (and by extension,
beeswax lip balm), Sweet Bee
Sisters was born. I think I've reapplied my lip balm at least eighteen times
since I started writing this piece, so obviously I'm a fan.
10. Jamie Edwards, 14 Years Old, Scientist
Finally, we have Jamie Edwards, who at the age of 13 created nuclear
fusion. I, on the other hand, nearly failed high school chemistry and
mostly avoided science after that. (Shut up. My strengths lay in other areas.)
What have I accomplished this
week? I taught a few yoga classes. I hung out on Twitter. I conducted an
interview. I wrote this post.
Nuclear fusion? I'll leave that
to the (13-year-old) experts.