* Scrolls through Twitter timeline*
"IF YOU A GIRL & YOU OVER 6'0 DONT MENTION ME... YOU A GROWN ASS MAN."
As I sit here at 6'1" and ponder this completely unlogical statement, I think back to how many times I've seen similar tweets or statements like these. I think back to how when I was in middle school and every boy made fun of me because of how tall I was and got into high school and I got "oh she's cute, but she's tall." I think back to how extremely insecure I was about being tall, I slouched my shoulders and would lean up against walls and do any and everything to make myself look smaller. The generation of kids I grew up with made being taller than the guys seem like the worst thing in the world. I wore shoes with the least amount of height..heels? Never. Every guy I liked was shorter than me, and most of them were really good friends of mine and said they would date me but I was too tall. To a 15-year-old girl with low self-esteem, that crushed me, and being tall at the time was the end of my world. My entire perception of myself went down, just because of how others talked about my height I thought every part of me was ugly. Every other adult in the world saw my height and thought I was beautiful, and said I could be a model but of course what do "old" people know.
Four years later, the same girl who would never wear heels, always slouched, and shrunk herself transformed into an even taller, more confident women. I got to my senior year of high school and finally realized this height of mine was never going to go away. God made me the way I was for a reason, and it was time I embrace it. It's like everything fell into place, I got a guy who was taller than me (which seemed impossible then) and he loved my height which then made me want to love my height, the flats I wore to prom the year prior were in the trash and transformed into heels and fell in love with how confident and beautiful I felt while in them. It took some time to realize that being tall was nothing but a blessing, it gave me an advantage athletically, I never have to ask anyone to get something for me, and my legs.... whew, gorgeous. Although back then being tall seemed like nothing but a curse, as time went on and I grew older the negative aspects about being tall became slim and the positives became so clear. All the guys who said I was too tall, now say I'm beautiful. Being tall is one of my favorite traits, and fits my strong, confident personality perfectly.
So to the girl reading this who is taller than everybody else, don't you worry sweetheart. Being tall is a lovely trait that should be fully embraced and enjoyed. After all, every short girl out there wears the tallest heels they can find to be the height you already are.
And to the guy who tweeted that, thank you for making me write this. Sorry, you're stuck at 5'8 with failed hoop dreams, maybe if you marry a tall women your kids will have a chance at this luxury lifestyle.