10 Things Only Short People Would Know
And it's more than just not being tall enough to reach things.
(SPOT.ph) It’s no secret that we don’t have a, um, shortage of short people in this country. In fact, a 2014 study by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations found that Filipinos are the second shortest people in Southeast Asia, with women standing an average of about 4.9 feet and men having an average height of 5.3 feet. Still, that doesn’t make your struggles any less difficult, especially in a world where many things cater to taller people (note that we did not simply say “tall,” because for short people, everybody is taller). Here are some challenges regularly encountered by short people.
It’s hard to reach things.
Let’s start with the obvious and most common problem. There are many things that are stacked on a shelf either in stores or even at home, way beyond the reach of the diminutive even on tiptoes. This should be easily remedied by a footstool or a chair. The only other problem is that sometimes, the item we need to stand on may be bigger than we can carry. Of course, you could always ask your taller companions for help, but that also ends with them patting you on the head and saying “You can’t reach that? Wow, you’re really short.” Yes, you knew this already.
The struggle of not seeing everything at a concert
Were you hoping to catch a glimpse of your favorite musician? Sorry, that extremely tall person is right in front of you, being so tall. You could always spring for more expensive seats in hopes of getting a better view, but not everyone is lucky enough to have the funds.
The challenges of shopping for clothes
Given the absence of clothing shops for the petite in the country, you have no choice but to essentially pay the same amount of money for clothes that will need to be shortened just so they’re the right length, and then you pay extra for the hemming too if it’s not available for free.
Other people think you’re a kid.
Sure, everybody wants to look young. But nobody wants to be mistaken for a little kid. And to be picked up. And patted on the head. It doesn’t help that you have to gaze up at many other people and feel like you’re a bit out of place when you’re talking to people of almost the same height. Like a kid listening to the grown-ups talk.
You’re afraid you won’t meet the minimum height requirement for rollercoasters.
You love rollercoasters and thrill rides, and you usually meet the height requirement (albeit barely). But there’s still that gnawing feeling of “What if?” in the back of your mind, because who knows when amusement parks will change the rules?
Sitting behind a tall person at the cinema
You’re settled in your seat, popcorn in hand, looking relaxed, but secretly hoping no one particularly tall will sit in front of you and block portions of the screen. Oops, too late, here they come.
Juvenile friends and family taunt you by holding something out of your reach...
...and laugh when you try to jump for it—and still can’t reach it. Come on, hand it over already.
Swimming is different.
It’s not so much a problem if you’re a good swimmer. Still, it’s not fun to be in only five feet of water and need to start treading when everybody else is just standing right there.
Being in a crowd is not fun.
Sure you can probably dart around undetected and get to where you need. But it gets pretty hard when you have to look around for someone you know or for someone to find you.
You're a human arm rest.
Commuting is already hard; it gets even harder when your face is right smack in someone’s chest or, worse, armpits.