Why Is This Kid Better Than Me?
There is nothing like comparing yourself to a nine year old to make you want to bash your face into a wall of your own failures while wearing all back and listening to the cure as you cut yourself. Fine, maybe I am being a little dramatic, but maybe you are being a lot judgmental so simmer down. I have a hard enough time as it is dealing with the fact that Justin Bieber is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times more successful than me, and then I come across two kids who are way smarter too.
One is this 9-year old do-gooder tree-hugging hippy who started an organization called “be straw free.” He is calling attention to the utter absurdity that in America we waste upwards of 500 million plastic straws per year because we are too lazy to actually pick up our glasses, and instead prefer leaning down and sucking high fructose corn syrup directly into our fat faces. Okay, okay… straws are really fun if you are a kid, and kids should enjoy them, but if you are older than 8 it is time to use your hands.
I am pretty impressed by this kids vision. At such a young age he was able to identify such unnecessary waste that most people never even think about. I know I didn’t, and if you try and tell me that you did well guess what? I don’t believe you. It is such a simple act to sacrifice a straw, yet hugely effective. His efforts have become so impactful that he now has the ear of the National Restaurant Association. Knowing about this little Vermont eco warrior makes feel hopeful for the world, and like a total ineffective loser.
Then there was this kid who did a Ted Talk because he designs his own Iphone/Ipad/Ieverything apps. He is only 12, but has such a deep understanding of technology that he is programming code. I use to feel tech savvy because I knew how to press command shift escape when my computer was frozen, and this boy has created a club at his school to teach other nerds (uhhh I mean children) how to create their own apps.
Maybe these kids are especially mature for their age, but I bet their parents are spending a lot time bragging to their friends, and rightfully so!! I hope that The Munch stops wasting time running around playing and starts figuring out how to use fungal particles to cure diabetes or develop the first implantable internet brain chip and make mommy proud!