If you’re 5’3” or under you have probably been referred to as short. Maybe you have come to terms with your height deficiency. Maybe it makes you self-conscious. Regardless every short girl has struggled in her daily life. Sometimes in more ways than one. That’s not to say that tall girls don’t struggle. There are just different struggles. Here are a few things short girls have definitely experienced.
1. People tell you you’re short.
Sometimes people tell you this more than once. People you have known your entire life tell you you’re short. As if you didn’t already know.
2. People ask you why you are short.
This is like asking a tall person why they are tall. Or asking someone why they have green eyes. You can’t control your height.
3. People pat you on the head.
It’s not cute. We don’t like it. We’re not dogs. We are people.
4. You can rarely see in front of you.
People are always standing in front of you. You have to be careful where you sit in a movie theater. If you go to a concert you almost have to be in the front few rows. Walking behind people is impossible.
5. People use you as an armrest.
This is probably one of the most annoying things about being short. Anyone who is remotely taller than you use you as an armrest. Patting us on the head is bad because we’re not dogs, but come on, we aren’t chairs either.
6. Trying to keep up.
We can’t match those long strides. We easily fall behind. I’ve actually learned to walk really fast to keep up with people. It’s still quite difficult.
7. Your feet never touch the floor.
You always feel like a child because you can’t touch the floor. Plus people tend to make fun of you. There are also the few times when you sit for so long without your feet touching the floor that your feet go to sleep.
8. You get lost in crowds.
With not being able to keep up with people and not being able to see over anyone it’s easy to get lost in a crowd when you are short.
9. You have to look up constantly.
You can’t make eye contact with anyone. You always look like you are rolling your eyes even though you are just trying to make eye contact.
10. You can’t reach anything.
This is especially difficult if you don’t like asking for help. But then you have to climb and reach. It’s definitely an issue.
Being short isn’t always fun. There are some struggles we face. However, once you get used to the fact that you are short and become more comfortable it’s not all bad. People are always going to do and say things you don’t like, but you just have to learn to ignore it. After all, at least you don’t have to worry about hitting your head.