For those of us that are vertically-challenged (I am only 5’1” myself!), we often have to suffer from cruel nicknames and comments, from “short-ass” and “shorty” to “midget”. However there are several decent benefits of being small and compact, so the next time someone tries to use your shoulder as an armrest or you can’t see past all the taller people in front at a concert, know yourself that we pocket rockets have it pretty good sometimes!
5. Never having to duck going through doorways
It’s not a huge problem in the day-to-day entry and exit into buildings but it is certainly noticeable when you go travelling. In Europe and a lot of Asian countries, a lot of older buildings were built during the days when the average height of humans was a lot shorter than the present day, and often, not only are their doorways at a lower height but the ceilings too.. There have been numerous times when I have laughed at loud when my taller friends have smacked their heads entering into old English pubs.
4. We don’t draw unwanted attention to ourselves
Tall people are the most loathed at concerts and cinemas, where everyone behind them must constant engage in rocking, side-to-side motions in a fruitless attempt at trying to see the main event. And they are always being gawked at, as if they are freaks of nature. We shorties can more easily slip under the radar and blend into the crowd. This can be handy when you’ve had a shitty day at work or you are generally in no mood to be the object of other peoples’ amusement.
3. We don’t need as much luggage allowance when travelling
Smaller people wear smaller clothes, and this means that we can pack in relatively more outfits in the same sized bag than a tall person. And if we decide to take the same number of outfits, then our luggage will take up less room and be relatively lighter. Either way, it’s win-win!
2. Buying pants/jeans/trousers
I have tall girlfriends that are always complaining when buying long pants and jeans that the hem doesn’t even cover their ankles – they may as well be buying three-quarter length pants. This means that the number of options when it comes to trouser-length attire can be somewhat limited. At least we petite ones can easily get the hems altered to the required length for a small charge – problem solved!
1. Legroom on planes, trains, cars
This is by far the biggest benefit of being small, in my opinion. Tall people are always complaining about the cramped conditions on planes and trains, having to pay extra for exit row seats or forced to knee the poor person in the seat in front when trying to adjust for comfort. Similarly, the rear seat foot well of small cars or convertibles also have limited legroom, meaning trying to ferry a carload of even average-sized people in your city-friendly hatchback evokes fierce cries of “SHOTGUN!” competition for the front passenger seat. For short people with our proportionally shorter legs, this issue doesn’t even blip on our radars. Even in the snuggest of economy class planes, we still have enough leg room to do those anti-DVT exercises (my feet barely even touch the floor!). Sleeping on planes is so much easier when your legs aren’t fixed in an immovable position for 14 consecutive hours (I can stretch out my legs underneath the seat in front to straight!). No wonder the shortest people on planes and trains are always the most relaxed after a long flight!
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