I think it is so inspiring to find young photographers who have followed their dreams and are turning their lives, though not old in any sense, into big things. Meet Ann He. She is 16 and has already found her photos in publications! Oh, and did I mention she's quite an amazing photographer?
I think that it is important to have people like Ann. People like her have such an ability to inspire others. Peers her own age, students in her class, people that read magazines and blogs where her photography is found. Young to old, anyone can take something away from knowing that a teenager can create something full of beauty and creativity that tops many adult photographers!
If you have a passion - go for it. With enough try and hope, you'll reach what you never expected to have.
"Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope."
~ Edith Wharton