It’s pretty ironic that right after writing a blog post about loving yourself, I publish another post about why I hate certain things about myself.
95% of the people around me seem to think that being tall is a gift.
I won’t completely deny that, at times, being tall does benefit me a little.
But it’s definitely not as good as some people imagine it to be.
And here’s why.
1.No one is considerate for the tall
When they build public transports, they always worry about the handgrip being too tall for some.
They never thought about those handgrip hitting tall people right in the face.
I swear, every time I get on public transport, my head would be attacked by those handgrip repeatedly.
If anyone was ever considerate towards tall people, they’d know that this is a terrible idea.
But no one did.
Everyone only worried about the shorter ones not being able to reach what’s up there, but never thought about anything that might be too low for taller ones to reach.
2.”You must be strong”
There’s this very common stereotype for tall people, if you’re tall, you must have more strength than others.
I don’t know how they got this logic, because I absolutely suck at every sport you can name, I have the worst stamina imaginable, and I occasionally have health issues like chest pain.
They also think we’re emotionally stronger, which is also false for me.
Since young, I’ve been that kid who will cry at anything, even not being able to tie my shoelace.
Nowadays, I would cry, if you show me a penguin waddling about, and play some dramatic music, with Morgan Freeman’s voice explaining the hardship of being a penguin, I’d cry a river in less than three seconds.
3.”You look fierce”
Perhaps it’s just me, but having a tall and wide frame made me look very threatening most of the times.
Many of my friends had told me that they thought I was a fierce person, seem really unfriendly and unapproachable.
Of course, after getting to actually know me as a person, they realised that I was the complete opposite of those(I hope).
Occasionally, this can be a good thing, bullies tend to avoid you, some would choose not to take advantage of you, and other annoying things that happen to friendly looking people can be avoided for us.
But this can also be a huge problem when you’re entering a new environment and need to make friends with new people.
4.FOR GIRLS – Finding a boyfriend
This point can be deemed as invalid, because my boyfriend happens to be 5cm shorter than me.
But perhaps not all tall girls are as lucky as me, so I’m still writing it down.
I never thought that this was such a big problem, until last year my lecturer for one of the modules mentioned it in our human anatomy class.
“All girls want to find a guy taller than them.”
My face literally went ಠ_ಠ , because at that point of time I am already dating my boyfriend, and I do identify myself as a ‘girl’, so it was really weird for me having to hear him repeat that sentence for at least three times.
But I won’t say that this point isn’t true, we all have our own list of preferences for people we wish to date, and some of us will have the height requirement on the list.
5.It’s hard to miss us
If you’re an extrovert I suppose this is a good thing for you, but if you’re like me, who happens to be hopelessly introverted, this is the worst thing that could possibly happen to you.
Like point 3, this can be beneficial at times when your friends lose you in the crowd, you naturally just stand out and they get back to you.
But standing out can be bad when teachers are asking questions, or when they want to pick a volunteer.
Those times when you just want to be an audience, but they had to pick you out to demonstrate something you believe doesn’t need your help at all.
Those days in school when your teachers scan across the class and you happen to be tall and popping out even though you’re trying your best to camouflage.
By now you should have realised that this isn’t exactly a very serious post, because as a matter of fact, I do like my height, I don’t exactly want to change anything about it(and I can’t).
It’s just one of those small issues which everyone else thought was 100% positive, but only the ones to experience it would know the negative things about it.
I also have friends, who are slightly below the average height, always telling me they wish to be taller, while at the same time, I’ve always wished to be shorter.
So in a way, you can say that this post is meant for all the people out there who wished to be taller, to know that being tall isn’t exactly a good thing, and being short definitely have benefits that tall people can’t enjoy.
While at the same time, my fellow tall comrades, don’t fret, there’s got to be a reason why people are envious of us, even if we haven’t found out why, we eventually will, because really, we can’t do shit about our height, shorter ones get to wear high heels and insoles, we have nothing, we’re stuck like this, so we might as well embrace it rather than crying in our sleep about how unfair God is.