I’ve heard the same thing sung repeatedly throughout my life, “short people have no reason to live.” I think I’ve even sung this song a time or two myself and wow was it a sad song.
For the most part, it’s never bothered me to be short. I mean sure, I’ve had moments at a concert where I wish I could’ve seen over the people in front of me, but overall, I’ve loved and embraced being short. Looking on the bright side, I was never taller than anyone I dated, I could simply climb up on things when needed, I could easily weave through people in a crowd, I could wear high heels and never be too tall, and people have always told me that good things come in small packages.
However, while working with a taller client of mine recently, she said something I found quite interesting and had never felt to be wholeheartedly true before, “You’re so lucky to be short!” I couldn’t believe she said that! Then, she explained being short from her perspective.
Her first questions to me were, “You know how you’re always standing up straight, pushing through to be seen, heard, and valued?” Of course, the answer was “yes” as I’ve embodied this my entire life. She then told me that growing up as someone who’s tall you are always trying to shrink down so you aren’t called big, you constantly look down on everyone, you’re always slumped over, and you’re laser focused on trying not be too loud so you don’t draw too much attention to yourself.
As a seasoned shorty, it’s the opposite for me and I’d never considered the other side of the coin. For us, it’s important to play big, act big, and speak with a strong voice which is part of what I think makes short people such great speakers. I hadn’t thought about any of this before until she opened my mind to it.
As someone who considers myself average, or even tall some days at 5’2″, I do whatever it takes to be seen and heard. To all of you on the shorter side of life, I encourage you to stand tall, shine bright, and let your voice be heard! Good things do come in small packages and each of us are exactly who we were meant to be.
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
Do you like your height? Why or why not?
What is one advantage and one disadvantage of your height?
Do you wish you were taller or shorter, or are you just right?
Has anyone ever song you this song? Used to make me cry, now just makes me smile because I know I have so many reasons to live!