Tall People Share Every Day Inconveniences Short People Will Never Know
I'm not even five feet tall. Being approximately the size of a Hobbit means there's an entire world of things I can't do. Want me to reach ... um ... literally anything? Can't do it. Sorry. Sure, I'm strong enough to help you lift that thing, but my arms aren't long enough to get around it and I can only lift it 4 inches off the floor cause that's all the leg I have to work with. I'm not tall enough to ride quite a few rides, or rather I'm technically tall enough, but my torso is so little that the shoulder harness doesn't hold me properly and I get jostled like a rag doll. Did you know being too short to rent a car is a thing? It is! Strangely, rental car companies like for you to be able to safely reach the pedals and see over the wheel at the same time.
So sure, I'm a little salty about all the stuff I can't do - but there's a flip side to the situation, too. I've literally never hit my head on a branch or cabinet door, etc. I've hit my head once, maybe twice, in my whole life. It HURTS. I'm easy to hide gifts from, just put it on a shelf, I literally can't even see it. That means I've had the pleasure of being genuinely surprised quite a few times, and the people who wanted to surprise me got the reaction they were hoping for. Win win. I never get asked to help repaint, hang things, reach things, or really help with any manual labor.
One Reddit user started a tall-people vent session when they asked:
Tall people of Reddit, what is an inconvenience that shorter people will never experience?
Here's a bit of what people had to say.
Stalls Are Small
Having my head stick out over the bathroom stall when I stand up and seeing the surprised face of the person waiting to use the toilet. As a tall woman there is nothing more embarrassing than trying to pull-up your pants and tuck in your shirt and buckle your belt or whatever while your head is clearly visible to a line of women waiting for a stall. Makes me feel like a giraffe at the zoo.
I have a tall friend and he says once you can see the top of the refrigerator it's all down hill.
I have a pal who's 6'7 and he's the reason why we clean the top of the fridge.
My wife lost her sun glassess. I didn't know that she had lost them for months. One day she mentioned needing new ones. I asked her "what about these ones on top of the fridge?". She couldn't see them and I just assumed she had decided to store them there.
I practically do the Matrix every time I take a shower. God help me if I ever visit an East Asian country. I've been in some motel showers that I legit had to kneel on the ground to be able to wash my hair.
Don't Laugh - It Hurts!
Hitting your head on stuff and having people laugh. That shit really f---ing hurts. Imagine having someone walk up and hit you across the head with a fucking 2x4 and everyone starts laughing. "It's because you're so tall!"
Yeah, I f*cking know.
Not A Dancing Queen
Dancing. I'm constantly worried about running into people or hitting them with my long arms. Most of my moves end up being very vertical.
Nothing Is Long Enough
I wear XL usually, but it would be too short. I started to buy XXL because no one sells tall sizes. As a result I look fatter than I really am because I'm always swimming in my shirts, but it's the only way they're long enough. I am 6'3" I've never felt like I'm that tall, and the idea of going into a big and tall store horrified me because I felt like I'd be going there for the "big" part and not the "tall" part (at 6'3 and 220 lbs I am a big dude but I never wanted to shop at the "fat" store).
I finally started ordering shirts online and broke down, going to the Big and Tall stores. XLT is the way to go, first time since high school I feel like I have clothes that fit right. I just wish a shirt at those stores didn't cost twice as much as a regular XL shirt anywhere else. I had to finally get over myself and just go.
5 Foot Something
I'm 6'1" and female. Nobody ever believes a woman could be anything that doesn't start with 5'. I've started saying I'm 5'13"
Everything is an ergonomical nightmare. Counters, sinks, shower heads, etc. are always too low and result in having a slight bend in the lower back. Bye bye back.
Haven't bought clothes in a store other than t shirts and shorts in decades.
"How tall are you?"
Flying. Enough said.
Wouldn't trade it for anything, though. It's great to be a head above the masses.
An Introverts Nightmare
6'1" female here. As an introvert, all the extra attention I've gotten my entire life is the thing that bothers me the most. "You should love it! I'd love to be so tall!" ...no.
I dated a guy whose entire family is very tall, and his dad is a contractor. I'm also quite tall (6 ft woman).
When they re-did their kitchen, they got custom-made extra tall counters. I didn't even realize how low counters are until I cooked at their house for the first time!! Chopping stuff was SO much easier, it was like a damn dream.
We are told that, if you're not confident, you should just "fake it til you make it."
This is great--in theory. In practice, sometimes "faking it" can have extremely real and terrible consequences, which these people found out the hardest of hard ways.