“Woah, so how tall are you?” is a
question am quite used to these days.. Earlier it used to have me stumped, but
now I just reply “5ft 10”..

The reaction – “Damn, that is tall”

There is a running joke between a friend and
I, she keeps saying “I am going to bring a stool whenever you get married
so I don’t look too short next to you”.. There are times when I feel like Melman from Madagascar.. 😀 

My height is something I  have always
been proud off and not really something I have thought of. But there are times
when I end up wondering why people stare at me like am a freak. You know, like
one of those circus creatures standing on stilts or all dressed up like a
clown. Oh and don’t get me started about the places I explore when I travel…
Most spaces and heritage buildings have me feeling like a giant, cos the
ceiling is so low and rooms so tiny.. :/ There have been times when I have
shied away from a trip cos I know the spaces are tiny and I wouldn’t wanna be
left out/or feel like a giant..

Recently a guy I met on an online channel
asked me “it is very intimidating when the girl is so tall”… for
which I replied “really, doesnt really bother me that you are shorter than
me”.. he stared at me and smiled… Well I haven’t heard from him since
that day.. Speaks for itself right?

And then there are others who are chill with
it.. Yes they did comment the first time about how I was tall, but that was
it.. Never came up again..

Being tall has its advantages and
disadvantages..The advantages I can rattle off in a flash;

  • I love being tall
  • I love standing out
  • I enjoy the attention and how heads turn when
    I walk into a room.
  • I can reach shelves none else can.. Buhahaha
  • I can pick up things off the top rack with
    ease..Without waiting for any staff to come pick out the ladder and help..
  • Above all, when in a crowded space I get to breathe cleaner air than all others.. booooyah..
  • I don’t need Heels, infact in my flats am taller than my friends wearing a mini stool on their feet.

Disadvantages..Hmmm..here goes;

  • Not too many guys are as tall as I am or
  • I get asked to get things off high shelves all
    the time
  • I was made to stand last in line in school
  • I also had to sit in last row in school
  • I was chosen for basketball but wasn’t too
    good at it and all commented how being tall = playing BB.. D’oh!
  • I hate the side berth in the train, cos I
    gotta curl up to fit (even though side berth is most private/comfortable)
  • When standing for photographs I invariably move to the sides of back.. am vertically challenged.. ;o)
  • I find airline/theater seats uncomfortable..
    Need extra leg room..also the person sitting in front of me want to lie down, they end up literally lying on my lap… grrr..hate it!
  • I have big feet and so, don’t get shoes/footwear my size easily..
  • Most places the mirror in restroom is not on eye level, heck it is somewhere below my neck.. ;-))
  • Ready made clothes are always short.. Not the ‘it’s Ok, looks good’ kinda short but ‘dang that looks weird’ short. 
  • Forget clothes, they don’t make trial rooms that fit us.. I gotta literally kneel down else my hands are all over the place.. Hehe..
  • In auditoriums I get asked to move and sit in a corner seat [sometimes] cos am blocking the view for the person seated behind me…
  • I have long hands and limbs, so they feel like they are all over the place..
  • I invariably feel conscious and move to the side when in a crowded space, temples, exhibitions etc… 

Well If someone were to ask
me ‘do you wanna be shorter?’.. My answer would be’ no way.. I love me too much
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