I’m all about body confidence and learning to work with what you’ve got; but sometimes there are elements about our physical beings that make life a little bit of an inconvenience, like being vertically challenged. While there are certain advantages to being short like people picking you up spontaneously, being able to duck and dodge in and out of large crowds, and being able to get a discount on children sized sneakers, there are times when being short can be rather annoying.
Dreading the sight of tall people
All my shorties already know what I mean. You’re at a standing room only event. You’ve nestled into the perfect spot, where by some miracle you’re able to see the stage, speaker or center of attention. You’re delighted with your good fortune until all of a sudden some man or woman, who just retired from the NBA or WNBA comes and stands right in your line of vision. Now you have to rely on your other senses because the event has turned into an auditory experience. And unfortunately, this also applies when you’re seated. If you’re not in some type of auditorium type seating, then you can bet you’ll have to sit on your knees, clench your butt cheeks for additional height or stare at someone’s back or head for the rest of the evening.
Clothes that Need to be Hemmed
Honestly, I rarely consider myself short until I’m faced with the task of buying dress pants. Finding dress pants that fit, without the need to be hemmed, is like finding a Bad Boy song without Diddy’s voice on it. You know the perfect pair is out there somewhere but it’s such a hassle to find. Tall folks may have to pay more for clothes for the additional material but the short folks have to pay more when they take their new duds to the seamstress.
People assuming you don’t need leg room
I really feel for my tall sistas in the struggle because those road trips and plane rides can be absolute torture on your limbs. For us short folk, squeezing into small spaces is a way of life. The problem comes in when people assume that just because you’re smaller than average, you don’t need any leg room/ breathing space whatsoever. Short ones, how many times have you been sitting in an already tight space, when someone decides to practically sit on top of you because they assume you don’t require the room it takes for your chest to expand as you breathe in and out? I don’t know about you, but it happens to me all the time, especially on the subway. So disrespectful.
Being mistaken for a high school student
Naturally, people associate height with age. So when you’re going out to the club, as a short person you can be sure that people will assume you’re some type of thirsty high school student trying to get a taste of adult life. The bouncer is not looking at the maturity in your face, he’s looking at your height and therefore, you will be carded.
Not being taken seriously
I used to work for this non-profit agency in which I scheduled interviews for prospective employees over the phone. When those people came into the office, a lot of people found a hard time believing I was the person they’d spoken to over the phone. Finally, I asked one woman why she said this. She said that based on my voice, she expected me to be taller and older. Even people who’ve known me for years, make a point to say I have a lot of “spunk” for someone so small. Apparently, they didn’t get the memo that big personalities can come in small bodies.
Having to rock climb to get things off the top shelf
As a child I learned to do acrobatics to get the Club crackers in the cabinet above the stove. It was a combination of using my arms to lift my body weight onto the side counter. From there, I’d stand on my knees and completely extend my body to reach over and grab the crackers. As a grown woman, I still have to do that same routine. The struggle to get to that top shelf or cabinet is a very real one. You either risk your life trying to get what you need or you invest in a good step stool.
Knowing the comment, “she’s got legs for days” will never be directed at you.
As a short woman, you can have gorgeous legs. The thing is they’re so low to the ground people won’t often notice them, unless you’re sporting a pair of six inch heels.
All my short sistas out there, what is the most inconvenient thing about being vertically challenged?
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