Recently, I have been privy to a plethora of “tall” jokes. Well, that’s been my entire life – or since I turned 11 and grew four inches in a year. It seems lately that the giant one-liners are more prevalent than usual. My friends, classmates, professors and even complete strangers at Wal-Mart are prone to cracking jokes about my height. I am 6 feet tall. That’s not ridiculous, right? I don’t need to justify myself to you, but I’m going to. Thus, here’s another list and five reasons why it’s cool to be tall.
1. When you’re tall, people notice you. I suppose that could be good or bad. Also, I am thinking in regards to how many times I simply don’t see shorter people. I can assure you that no one will ever run into me or push me over because they fail to see me. It just doesn’t happen. Plus, if you’re trying to make a point, either about fashion or in general, it’s usually noted.
When I’m in a public place, it’s pretty standard that others stare at me. Maybe it’s not my height, but I’ll stick with that; it sounds safer. When my entire family is together, it’s all we can do not to perform a little jig and ask for tips since bystanders are already watching our every move. Listen, people: we’re tall, not freaks.
2. Reaching items that are placed above standard arm length is not a problem for me. In other words, I can help short people; excuse me, the less vertically inclined. Four out of five times when I go to the grocery store, I get asked to take something down from a higher shelf. I don’t really mind, but it is kind of humorous to play the game with myself and see if it will happen when I hit up Dillon’s for some string cheese. I won’t act like it doesn’t benefit me as well. I don’t recall ever having to ask for a box of cereal or book from the top shelf.
3. I have fewer worries about my hair color. I’m sure the males are thinking, “What?” Allow me to explain: when a girl gets her hair highlighted, aside from being very expensive, it’s temporary. In a few months time, it will grow out and need to be re-done. However, due to the fact that it costs somewhere between $75-$125 for this service, it doesn’t happen very often on my end. A $3 box of dye from Wal-Mart is the more economically savvy choice. The last time I had my hair professionally done, I noted that when my roots were growing out, no one noticed. I would make comments to my friends about needing an appointment, but they didn’t seem to observe my hair’s rapid digression. My mom quickly pointed out why this was the case – they are all shorter than me. If nobody can see the top of your head, they certainly won’t see your roots. Awesome.
4. My height actually aids my vision. No, my eyesight isn’t superior to those of smaller stature; I’m talking about seeing over others and above masses of people at events. This has come in handy many times at concerts and games. While my cohorts are standing on the tips of their toes to catch a glimpse of the band, I’m sitting pretty at eye level. This may even be beneficial in random scenarios like being in line for food or parallel parking. Yes, that’s legitimate. I’ve seen people rise up on their seat to see behind the headrest, which won’t happen in my case.
5. Long legs equal a faster walking pace. I guess being tall doesn’t necessarily equate to having long legs, but it seems to be pretty standard. And while lengthier limbs may not be ideal for clothing, they are nice when you’re trying to get somewhere. I walk ridiculously fast. Mind you, I don’t try to; it’s just natural. It will often take my companions two or three steps to equal one of my strides. This is sometimes irritating to them. I am also encouraged by the thought of leaving my current location a minute later than everyone else because I’ll catch up in no time. Long legs are a plus when participating in basketball, running, or other athletic endeavors as well.
So, there you have it; tall people are legit. However, if you’re not one of the elite few within this demographic, I will now be the devil’s advocate – being tall can suck sometimes.
I’m a 6 foot tall girl, and let’s just say the number of dudes out there taller than that is low. And if I want to wear heels? In that case, it’s even lower. It’s extremely low, actually, which is not cool.
There’s also the whole clothing issue. Finding jeans that fit is like finding a needle in a haystack. Long-sleeved shirts are always too short, and 90 percent of the shirts I try on sit at my belly button. Thank goodness maternity style is in.
Lastly, there are the jokes, of course. They never end. I’d venture to guess jokes come with being short too, but it seems to be socially unacceptable to make fun of shorter people, whereas it’s open season on the tall folk. I digress.
My stature will always be that of a vertically advanced individual, and I choose to embrace it (most of the time). All of you haters out there, step off. Being tall is cool. If you still aren’t buying it, you’re just jealous. However, I have heard of using growth hormones to aid the complex. Maybe that could help? Best of luck…mine’s all natural.