One of the most frequent questions that I get asked is “Why are you so short?” Oh yeah I get it at least 5 times a day and sometimes from the same person. I got used to being the butt of height-related jokes. I am not gonna lie .. I’ve felt really bad sometimes and felt really small(literally) but I can’t change the way I look.. I’m 5.1 and proud of it.
Just a sample conversation :
Person 1: You know you’re short!
Me: Well Yeah..
Person 1: Why?
Me: (*Oh god not again*) umm… I dunno.. Could be genetic…
Person 1: You can drink Complan or try skipping.
Me: (*Like I haven’t tried all those , you idiot*) Hmmm okay..
I know many of you out there have endured awkward conversations like this. It is often a stigma that short people are considered ugly .Let me tell you this…in a world where people have tails , the non-tail-ed people are considered to be weird . Likewise in a world of short people the tall ones are considered weird. I’m probably the shortest person in my class and my close friend is nearly 6 feet tall. I hang out with her all the time and people laugh at us. But I don’t care what they say.. Only insecure people tend to mock others as a way of hiding their defects. Some sort of defense mechanism I guess…
Some of you may feel I’m making a big deal out of this issue but it is a big deal to some people. I have heard horrible stories about people popping growth-pills and meeting with really bad side effects.To those people all I can say is :” Get a grip” . You can achieve as much as or in fact more than others. Your height doesn’t breed your self esteem. There are so many people who have reached great heights in spite of their “heights”.. To name a few : Al Pacino , Mahatma Gandhi, Maradona , Yuri Garin ……
So , to sum up …never ever mock your friends because of their height.Learn to respect them for what they are..As the saying goes , “Moorthi sirisu aanalum Keerthi Perisu” .