Problems With Being Short

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In my english class the other day, my teacher made us rant about problems we have, so I decided to dedicate this blog post to ranting about being short. The last time I checked with my doctor (around five months ago), I was 5’0 ft. tall. I was always a small kid, but as time flew by, most of the kids in my grade grew to be around one head taller than me!

Below on the left is a picture of my friend, Rilyn, and I in school. As you can see, the difference in our height is great. The picture on the right is of my friend Amy and I at a football game. She’s also super tall. They both make me feel sad. ):

Short People Problems (Part One):

1. Sports

During my freshman year in high school, I was on the frosh volleyball team playing as a libero. I was the shortest person out of all the players and could never get my hands over the volleyball net. There are many positions in volleyball such as libero, outside, opposite, setter, and middle blocker. I can never be a middle blocker because I’m not tall enough to reach over the net and block the ball. I also most likely can not be a hitter because I have to use more energy to push the ball over. Taller people have the greater advantage and are more likely to get playing time in games. For college volleyball, there are height requirements for each position. The libero height requirement for the worst team is 5’0 ft. All the other positions require around 5’5 ft. – 6’1 ft. Advanced team height requirements range from 5’8 ft.- 6’4 ft. or beyond. According to a body building forum, other sports like baseball, wrestling, basketball, and football have requirements for height.

My frosh team picture last year. I’m so short compared to others. ):

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2. Rides

Many rides at amusement parks such as Six Flags, Knott’s, and Disneyland all have height requirements. When I was younger I would go to Knott’s Berry Farm often. I could only ride kiddy rides like the mailbox, teacup, and train. It sucks for short people who can’t experience the thrill of more exciting rides because of their height. Why can’t there just be an age requirement to go on the rides? What if you were stuck at a certain height forever and won’t be able to ever go on the ride you wanted to?

This picture goes against the quote, “Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth.” That girl does not look happy at all.

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