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12:00 AM, January 07, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:25 AM, January 07, 2021

Being Tiny

Are most of your friends taller than you? Have you ever been called tiny? If so, this article is for you. Here is how it feels to be small in a world full of tall people.

For starters, being tiny can be inconvenient. Wearing loose outfits may make you seem like a child trying on adult-sized clothing. Your pants have to be tailored to your size in order for you to not trip over the excess fabric that piles up around your shoes whenever you attempt to walk. In fact, the rare times you may find something in your size, you may notice a tag on the clothing item indicating that it is from the kids section. High heels may seem like a solution but only if they ever fit you; many shoes in the women's section will fall off as you try to walk.

Items placed on high shelves have to be one of our biggest weaknesses. Anything placed atop a bookshelf or cupboard is as good as gone. Who has the time or patience to climb up a ladder? Another issue is your general demeanour as a small person. You could be screaming and jumping while throwing the biggest fit of your life, and they'll say you look like a child throwing a tantrum. Um, excuse me? What do I have to do to be intimidating or be taken seriously? Piranhas are small, but they're terrifying. You don't see anyone doubting their lethality. I could go around biting people like piranhas and I'd still be compared to a teething toddler.

Don't get me wrong, being tiny isn't all bad. People often mistake small people to be younger than they really are and you may relatively look more youthful than others your age. The only time it gets awkward is when people significantly younger than you are interested in you. I'm flattered at how young you think I am, but child, I am ancient compared to your age.

Your small size makes it easier for you to crawl into tiny spaces trying to fetch lost earphones or to find shelter behind a friend when the sun shines too bright. You can easily curl up in sofas and fit into most beds without having half your body awkwardly stick out. You may be better at hide-and-seek than most of your friends. With proper training, you could develop the stealth of a ninja, moving around without anyone noticing. Your size may therefore be a gift.

If you are tiny, you are not alone. If you know someone who is tiny, never cross them. Piranhas aren't the only lethal tiny creatures on the planet.

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