9 Teens Who Have Done More Before 20 Than You've Done in Your Whole Life
15 is the new 40.
1. Candace Hill
I don't know about you, but at 17 I was busy playing Magic: The Gathering, being a theatre geek and chasing the few girls who weren't scared off by either of those activities. Not so for the first ass-kicking teen on our list. At 16 Candace Hill became the youngest person ever to run the 100-meter dash in under 11 seconds. She's also the youngest pro track athlete in history and has a 10-year sponsorship deal with Asics. Jeez, and I still treat getting all my laundry done like an accomplishment.
2. Flynn McGarry
Successful teen number two, Flynn Garry is a professional chef who isn't even old enough drive. At the tender age of 11, when most of us were getting wrapped up in the tumultuous throes of puberty, Flynn was serving 18-course meals of "progressive American cuisine" for 160 bucks a head at his pop-up restaurant Eureka.
3. Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow
Remember when you were a kid and you'd dream about being the scientist who cured cancer or solved world hunger? Well, these three Irish lasses have made great strides towards the latter. In 2014, Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, won the Google Science Fair for their groundbreaking work combating the global food crisis. Pairing nitrogen-fixing bacteria with barley and oat plants these three Irish gals produced crop yields that were 74% greater than typical yields.
4. Malala Yousafzai
A lot of us would see winning the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17 as peaking. The same cannot be said for Malala Yousafzai. After surviving a shot to the head from the Taliban while campaigning for girls' education in her native Pakistan, Malala went on to become the youngest Nobel Laureate in history. She continues to advocate for girls' in many countries where women's rights are restricted through her not-for-profit the Malala Fund. Oh, and she's a two-time best-selling author.
5. Joshua Wong
The irony of co-founding one of the largest pro-democracy groups in China before he was old enough to vote is not lost on Joshua Chang, but it's also totally irrelevant considering that, in 2014, the organization he helped found at 15, Scholarism, brought nearly 100,000 people out to demand universal suffrage for the people of Hong Kong. Kinda puts my voter apathy into perspective.
6. Shawn Mendes
Vine sensations and musicians are a dime a dozen, but Shawn Mendes stands as the first turn his fame on the 6-second-video app, where he has more than 7 million followers, into chart-topping success. At 16, Mendes' debut single made it into the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100, and his album hit number one on the iTunes stores mere minutes after it was released. He's been hailed as the next Justin Bieber. I just hope he has a better PR guy.
7. Moziah Bridges
Alright, this one really ought to get you motivated. Moziah 'Mo' Bridges is a 13-year-old kid with more money AND more style than you. From the age of 4 Moziah showed his flair for fashion by wearing a suit as often as he could. By the age of 10 he had founded Mo's Bows, his own bow tie line. The pint-sized mogul garnered a lot of media attention following an appearance on Shark Tank that pushed his annual sales to over $200,000. Certainly explains why he's so happy.
8. Ashima Shiraishi
Most grown-ass adults don't have the guts to try free-climbing, but even the most seasoned climbers are being outmatched by this teen. At 14, Ashima Shiraishi is the best teenage climber in the world and considered by many to be the best female climber period. She's already set world records for climbs in Spain and New York, completing courses that climbers with twice her age have failed. It's only a matter of time before she dons a cape and mask and starts calling herself Spider-Woman.
9. Beth Reekles
At the rate she's going, our final teen is on track to be the next J.K. Rowling. After her self-published novel "The Kissing Booth" reached over 19 million views on the story-sharing site Wattpad, 17-year-old Beth Reekles caught the attention of Random House Books who promptly signed her to a three book deal.
So what are you waiting for? These kids are the all the shit and they don't even have your years of valuable life experience. You can't take that sitting down. You binge-watch Netflix better than ANYBODY. Call your grandma. Organize your closet. Write that screenplay. Climb a mountain. Swim the English Channel. Go to the Moon. GET MOTIVATED.