So, it is no secret that I'm not really what is considered to be tall. I have often lied about my height, a fact that almost paralyzed me when I received an epidural with my first child. I'd always said I was 5'1" and had said it so many times that I clearly believed it. Unfortunately, when you are administered an epidural the dosage is calculated by your size.... oops. I was nicknamed swivel hips for the duration of my stay at the hospital.
My reason for bringing this up is that I just read an article about a female Australian politician that actually had her legs broken and slowly stretched in order to gain 3 inches. As a child she had suffered great insecurity over her height. She eventually consulted her family and a team of doctors and decided to undergo this unbelievable procedure to gain THREE inches! Ouch. So she spent a year in self-imposed torture. Did I mention she gained THREE inches? 3, yes three.
After reading the article I began to think about how I feel about my height. Even although I used to lie about my height, (I'm actually not even 5 feet in shoes) I never really felt all that small. Now, I'd love a few inches, who wouldn't? But I've never once considered breaking my legs and stretching them in order to get taller. OUCH.
In fact, I'm pretty sure that my height has worked for me at times. I'm kinda cute. I'm kinda funny. Did I mention I sort of have a "big" personality? Nobody ever questioned my height when I claimed to be 5'1". Not once, until the epidural!
Throughout history women 5 feet and under have been extremely successful. Here is a list of just a few names you may recognize:
Madeleine Albright — former US Secretary of State
Erykah Badu — singer
Pat Benatar — singer
Joyce Brothers — media psychologist
Patty Duke — actress
Kylie Minogue — musician
Dolly Parton — actress and muscian
Jada Pinkett Smith — actress
Mother Teresa — Roman Catholic nun
Harriet Tubman — abolitionist
Mae West — actress
Natalie Wood — actress
Pia Zadora — actress and singer
So you see, great women, achieving great success do not necessarily miss out because they are less than average height. I may have to ask for help getting things off the top shelf in the grocery store and I have step stools in every room of the house, but my height has never once kept me from doing something I wanted to do. I have a daughter who will likely be my twin in height and when I look at her all I see is a very very big presence.....