Sunday, November 02, 2008

The adversity of being tall...

When I was little, my dad and other adults often told me to do activities that would make me grow as a tall man. I bet a lot of people faced that as well when they were little. I still remember those corny lines like, "You should play basket ball, it will make you tall" or "You should swim son, and you will be taller than your dad". I might sound very skeptical, but I still uncertain about their intention. Was it because being tall is very important and might add my value as a person, or was it just a common thing to say to little kids.

It is not that I don't like sports, but the fact is I was a shy boy, and to do sports or activities that force me to make regular and physical contacts with other people is unpleasant. It wasn't my idea of having fun. You could try to find out how many people who still remember me as a child, and you won't find so many of them. Sad isn't it? But it's true. I would prefer played video games alone, or with my brothers. Atari, Nintendo, SEGA, Super Nintendo and later on, PlayStation, were my childhood pals. Along with those action figures, from Captain Power, Starcom, Voltron, GI Joe, Saint Seiya to Power Rangers. With those heroes in my hand, combined with my extremely wild imagination, I am the director of my very own theater. I would create the story lines, audition the roles, choreographed the fighting scenes, and plot the happy ending on a daily basis. Those were my only achievements as child. Again, it is sad to admit that it is true.

Of course, I finally played a little bit of basket ball and joined the swimming course for a year. And I have to admit that I enjoyed it. I even joined the basket ball team of my school when I went for school abroad. But, if you think all of those activities contributed to my heights right now, it wasn't exactly true since I've become quite tall before I joined those activities. Yet, many people still encourage me to become taller. What's wrong with you people! They even assumed that I must be a basket ball player because of my heights, that is half true, but still, not necessarily true.

Anyways, I do grow as quite a tall person, for average Indonesian people. No thanks for those advices and encouragement. And now, it's time to explore the world as a tall person, to seek the importance of being tall. I am ready for the truth. And these are what I have found so far. The adversities of being tall...

Being tall means you have to squeeze your knees between the seats in the bus. It is more convenient for you to just stand up on it, but unfortunately there were bus designed not for tall people; meaning that you have to break a neck. Imagine if the ride takes more than an hour.

Being tall means that you have to be ready to do any chores that involves height, such as changing the light bulbs, cleaning the ceiling, taking books from the upper shelf, hanging frames or pictures and so on and so forth. Not that I don't mind, but it leaves me with no choice for those chores.

Being tall means that you stands out among the crowds, even when you don't want to be. It's quite a trouble when you don't want to be notice.

Being tall means that you have to be careful not to bump your head in a low gateway. I have done that a couple of times when I was walking while kept my eyes busy on my steps. Everyone else were through, and I do too, only with a bump on my forehead. Extremely hurt and humiliating.

Despite all of those adversities, I am grateful for what I am right now. How about you, do you have any adversities of being tall?


At 9:12 AM , Blogger Rona Pasaribu said...

by reading this post, i am thankfull that i am short..
what you said was true. my mom encouraged me a lot to swim,join the basketball team, even do the skipping rope to raise my height. but too bad, it didnt work with me.
as i can see, that people like you are made to help people like me. to help change the light bulb, get the book from the upper shelf, or anything that short people can't do(imagine what should i do without people like you). and for the benefit, i'll watch you over when you walk. i think that's why God created us differently one another.

At 9:39 AM , Blogger Reza said...


"Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own"

Walau agak2 ga nyambung, tp begitulah. Appreciate what you are :p

At 10:20 AM , Blogger Miss B said...

my bf 186 cm..mean while i'm a 156 cm... i think i can understand both tall and short.. ini namanya memperbaiki keturunan..!!! hahahahha XD


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