Everyone goes through ups and downs. There are times when I make something stunning, or I am enjoying myself at school, and I feel like I'm on top of the world.
Other times I'm not proud of what I've created, or school isn't as fun as one would like, and I feel... like kind of ignoring the world.
I'm sure I'm not alone in that sentiment.
I came across a lovely blog called Top With Cinnamon the other day. Actually, lovely is an understatement: it's absolutely amazing.
It's neat, it has cute, colourful icons, the logo is professional (and one of my favourite colours), the photography is impeccable and the food is mouthwatering.
Here's the cherry on the cake (or icing. But I like cherries): the girl who started it is 17.
I went to the 'about' page and was suddenly blown away... 17!? And she started Top With Cinnamon when she was 15, which is my current age.
When I was telling my family about it, my sister tried to reason with me: "Yeah, but you don't know what her blog was like when she was 15."
But in fact at 15 Izy was making gorgeous chocolate cupcakes and taking professional photos of them. And you know what else? She invented the recipe- it took her 5 tries and she created a healthy chocolate cupcake recipe.
And if all that wasn't enough, she scored all A*s on her GCSEs, the same exams for which I am awaiting my results right now.
Don't get me wrong, seeing this blog made me happy: It's exciting to see teenagers emerging on the food blog scene, as well as pairing it with working hard academically. Izy's photo greets you with a bright smile and cute glasses and she writes with typical funny teenager-speak. All in all, I think she's the kind of person with whom I'd totally get along.
But it simultaneously awakened in me the fact that there's so much more to do. Success isn't measured by the grades you get. For me, what matters more is what I make of myself, what I can create and contribute to the world. And Izy has managed both of these flawlessly. I made her chocolate cupcakes the other day, after itching to try them for hours. They weren't a huge success, but I'll try again.
The process of writing this post helped me: it showed me that Izy's blog is inspiration, the same way adults' blogs inspire me. In fact, I took it on board with my semolina porridge post, attempting more interesting photos.
We all have aspirations, we all have our strengths and we all have our motivation. I need to learn to take something that doesn't boost my confidence, and turn it into something that boosts my energy and efforts.
I'm proud of Izy, for showing the world and me what teenagers are really capable of.