A Brutally Honest Open Letter From One Tall Girl To Another
Start writing a post

Dear Tall Girls,

I feel your pain. I feel your self-consciousness and uncertainty and awkwardness.

I know what it's like to slouch on purpose. I also know what it's like to slouch not on purpose after it's become a very bad habit. I know the feeling of annoyance that comes with shopping for dresses, jeans, and shorts. I know the feeling of eyes following you and comments about playing basketball or volleyball. I know the feeling of guilt when you realize that your height should be insignificant and that there are "better things to worry about" or "bigger problems that you could have."

Trust me, I know (or at least, I did know at one point).

I say that I knew these feelings because I'm happy to say that I've moved past them. You can, too. I believe in you. By no means am I a very confident person. Being comfortable with your height is more than confidence. It's more like a personal journey of self-love and acceptance. Everyone's journey will be different. I'd be lying if I said I went on my journey alone; my husband helped me realize that my height is beautiful. Now I know that it's something I should be proud of. It makes me different, and that's OK. It's a part of who I am.

I think the secret for me was to use the feelings of dread and resentment I used to feel toward my height as reasons to love it.

For example, instead of beating myself up every time I notice myself slouching, I channel that energy into focusing on sitting up straight. Shopping for bottoms and long dresses has improved because I either embrace the fact that everything is going to be a bit shorter on me (and know I'm going to look good in it) or I take the time and money to shop at places that carry clothing for taller ladies (treat yo' self). I've learned to love knowing that people are staring at me because of my height. This one was hard for me because I hate being the center of attention.

However, there's something fun about it.

I think about stares as compliments, just like you would stare at a cool tattoo or a nice outfit. I've even enjoyed wearing heels more often lately for some added fun. The comments about playing basketball or volleyball are funny because I usually tell the person that I make the volleyball team in high school because of my height but I sat on the bench because I'm just not very athletic! Finally, I no longer have to feel bad about worrying about my height for two reasons. First, my feelings are valid and I shouldn't have to justify or compare them. Second, I've learned to love my height!

So to all the tall girls out there, I hope someday soon you are able to begin, continue, or finish your journey of embracing your height.

You are beautiful.

Love, Karleigh (6'0")

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

When it comes to wedding planning, each and every detail is customized to the style of the couple. From venue and decorations to food and beverages, nothing gets overlooked — whether your wedding is big, small, or virtual.

The same thing goes for invites, which are getting more and more beautiful every wedding season. If you're looking to customize your wedding invitations, the options are endless... you can add pictures if you wish, opt for fancy artwork, or keep it simple with just text).

Keep Reading... Show less

23 Burning Questions We Have For The Taureans In Our Lives, Answered By A Taurus

The remaining 11 signs took the bull by the horns, and it was a fun and insightful experience!

Jordyn Leach

Lately, I've been digging deeper into astrology and studying my sign. Throughout the journey, it's come to my attention that Taurus are probably one of the most complicated signs - that is, if you're not a Taurus.

To gain a little more perspective on how my sign is viewed by the others, I requested that the participants submit a question in response to the following:

Keep Reading... Show less
Universal Pictures

A music enthusiast like myself has a playlist for every mood. Life's a movie and you're the main character. In no specific order, listen to these songs to feel on top of the world!

Pro Tip: turn your crossfade up to 3 seconds for a seamless transition between each song!

Keep Reading... Show less

We've all been there. You see that super cute guy on your dating app of choice, his bio is funny, and then, the gut-wrenching feeling hits when you see their political views don't exactly line up with yours. He loves Trump, you can't stand him, or vice versa.

A lot of people will say you can get over politics, but I know from personal experience, as well as this survey, that politics play a huge role in whether a relationship will work or if we're even willing to swipe right on that profile.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

CBD Lip Balm Is The Calming Presence You Need In Your Life, Trust Me

I tried lip balm, sleep gummies, and an oil dropper from CBDistillery. Here's the final verdict.


CBD has been on making waves within the wellness space for the last few years. Generally related to the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain, it's growing easier to find small CBD companies who are making products specifically designed to fit your needs. As FDA rules for CBD production can be a little hazy, it's true that not all CBD products are created equally. That's why it's important to look into the manufacturing of whatever you're deciding to try, especially if you're new to taking CBD.

As someone who has tried a variety of CBD products — some victories, some failures — I was thrilled when CBDistillery sent me a package of their favorites. They included a Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, their Nighttime Gummies, and a CBD Lip Balm.

Keep Reading... Show less

After a few months of self-quarantining, becoming suspicious of every cough, and blowing through masks like a medical school student, restrictions due to the pandemic are easing up a bit and businesses are warily reopening. While these public spaces may look the same on the outside, the way they function and operate is vastly different than a few months ago.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's the most wonderful time of the year again — it's sorority recruitment season! While recruitment can be a fun and memorable experience, it can also take a toll on your mental health, especially this year, considering the special circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few reminders to keep in your mental health toolkit during recruitment week to help keep your mental health at bay during this unique experience.

Keep Reading... Show less

I work as an orientation leader for my college, and the job included summer housing.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Kamala Harris Is The Biggest Hypocrite Of The #MeToo Movement

A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for Kamala Harris — and no one wants a hypocrite for a vice president.

Joe Biden just chose Kamala Harris to be his running mate against Donald Trump and Mike Pence in 2020. Now, for many reasons, this is hilarious as I think Biden just solidified his fate and gave the election to President Trump, but that's for another time.

Keep Reading... Show less

With no sign of the pandemic going anywhere, brides and grooms who planned to be married in 2020 are forced to opt for plan B — if not plan C or D. While some are downsizing their in-person weddings to meet coronavirus guidelines and state restrictions, others are choosing to cancel theirs until further notice and some, well, they're embracing the virtual "I do."

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending a Zoom wedding for my friend and fellow editor and writer, Kristin Magaldi, and the short-but-sweet ceremony left me in happy tears (surprise surprise). In order to get the scoop on what exactly went into planning a virtual wedding, I asked Kristin to share her best tips so other couples know exactly how to have a Zoom wedding in case they're looking to lean into the video chat vows, too.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments