4 ft 11 has its challenges

I am 4 ft 11 (almost). Being this short has its challenges. From having to ask for help at stores so I can get something off the top shelf to trying to reach the bottom of my washing machine for that lone sock without falling in. Nothing is made for me. Not cars, amusement park rides, weight rooms.

I don’t get to go to the thrift shop for inexpensive clothes. I have to go to the petite section of the few stores in my area inhabited by tall, blond, Dutch people. I have to travel long distances to get certain size 5 shoes.

I hate when I drop something between the couch and the end table because I can rarely reach down far enough to get something.

I can’t help with our tent or help carry large things – my arms are too short. And they never see me at the deli counter.

Seeing at concerts and events is almost impossible. As soon as people stand I can’t see a thing. And sitting is rarely comfortable because my feet don’t reach the ground most of the time.

I have always been in the front row for pictures or singing in choir.

The lovely nicknames like Shrimp, Stump, Midget Girl got tiresome. And the jokes I’ve heard a million times.

So I’ve had to learn to cope.

Even as a kid, I knew that everyone is teased about something. Since I couldn’t grow taller, I’ve accepted it. I’ve even learned to look at the benefits. My friend grew up tall in middle school and hated it. She said she always wanted to be petite.

I’ve learned to ask for help for things like putting bags in the overhead on airplanes. I’ve become more assertive so I am seen and heard.

I have a stool by my bed and a stool in the kitchen.

I can squeeze further up in concerts.

I always check out vehicles before I buy to make sure I can see out the back window so I back up.

I enjoy having a smaller wardrobe and shoe collection because of shopping with a much smaller selection.

Being short is just one challenge. People have to deal with health issues, being too tall, things like dyslexia and ADHD, relationship issues, feeling too old, addictions, overspending. Everyone on earth has challenges.

You can complain about them (and sure venting in a journal is great. Telling your friends and family over and over probably will be annoying them.) And you can come up with workarounds, solutions and mindsets.

Think of a current challenge for you. What are 15 things you can do to work through this challenge?

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