This is a post written in response to Caitlyn Scheel’s The Day to Day Advantages and Disadvantages of Being Tall. Caitlyn is a Praxis participant, self-schooler, and idea factory. You should check out her blog (if you’re a curious, thinking teen) and her website, UnschoolHQ (if you want to learn what unschooling is). Alongside her many talents, Caitlyn is unusually tall. As a woman coming in at just barely 5 feet, here’s my perspective on height.
- Traveling is comfortable
Cars, trains, buses, airplanes- I never have to worry about leg room or the size of a seat.
2. I stay fit by shopping, walking, and jumping
Acquiring an object often requires pulling myself up, dragging over furniture, climbing, crawling, reaching, and leaping. Walking from A to B also takes more steps when you have short legs.
3. I can weave through a crowd unnoticed
Being short and narrow, it’s fairly easy for me to get around people in crowds and no one minds if I’m at the front.
4. Children find me approachable
Being closer to their size, I’m far less intimidating to children than a 6′ tall person would be.
1. I can’t reach shelves
When I’m home, it’s relatively easy for me to climb to whatever I need or call over one of my brothers. In public, I often have to find a stool or a taller person to help me reach whatever it is that I need. A somewhat awkward waste of time, but it’s manageable.
2. I can’t see past larger people
It can be annoying in large groups of people to not be able to see over shoulders and heads.
3.To change people’s perception of my age, I have to choose my clothes and makeup carefully
This just means that I have to put more thought into how I dress and consider who I’ll see in a day. I’ve been mistaken for 12 and 19 and a lot of that depends on what I’m wearing.
When I was about 8, I deeply resented being short. Now, I’ve come to terms with the facts that I am the way I am. There are pros and cons with any height. I’ve learned to appreciate what is uniquely mine and use it well.