9 Petite Struggles vs Empowerment
Being Petite Sometimes Sucks
Vertically challenged they call us. Fun sized, small fry, half-pint…hilarious, right? Yes, I am short and small and I have been that way my whole life. I’m not sure how many times I’ve told people my age and they’re astounded! No I am not 12 and yes I am old enough to see an R-rated movie (they seriously card for that?)
What else is harder for us? Oh yeah, shopping. Shopping is super frustrating especially on a time constraint. I needed a business suit for an interview and it turned into an entire weekend ordeal…And I still needed a lot of tailoring in the end! I’m pretty limited to where I can buy adult clothing unless I want to shop in the Juniors department (which cycles me back to the whole you-don’t-look-old-enough problem).
So here are more frustrations you may have experienced…
9 Petite Struggles
ONE. In High School everyone thinks it’s “fun” to pick you up
TWO. Getting asked if you want a kid’s meal at restaurants (even if I sort of do)
THREE. Everything must be hemmed (except cropped jeans!!)
FOUR. I can’t reach 75% of the cupboard space in the kitchen
FIVE. Will someone please tell me why stores put size 0 jeans up high and the larger sizes closer to the floor?
SIX. I always have to get things way up high since I can “climb better”
SEVEN. I also have to get anything stored in a small space “because I can fit”
EIGHT. When middle schools are taller than me
NINE. Who gets the middle seat in a crowded car? Me.
Turning “Weakness” Into Strength
There are advantages and disadvantages to being petite but I prefer to take things that seems like disadvantages and use them to motivate me. I’ll share an example. I’m small, so I’m naturally not going to be able to pick up something weighing 50 lbs with as much ease as my husband would. No, I don’t need to be as strong as him but I want to be able to do things for myself physically. I don’t want to need a man to open a jar, carry something heavy, or move something around the apartment for me. Instead, I take my physical weakness and use it to push my body to do things such as strength training, and more recently, crossfit. I don’t want my strength to be a disadvantage so I work on improving it.
I’ve done kickboxing and Krav Maga. I’ve moved across the country and changed jobs multiple times. I’ve battled and overcome addictions. There have been many difficult, painful, or stressful times in my life but when I get past it, it builds me up. I know that nothing is too difficult to accomplish or overcome.
When I took my first backpacking trip, I carried a lot of weight on my back. I didn’t train much for it so it was pretty challenging. But, I survived and I loved it. I strongly encourage other small women to get outdoors and take on backpacking trips and other adventures. I hope to inspire other petites and show you that you don’t need to be big and strong to do these adventures! All you can do is continue to push forward and prepare for more difficult (but exhilarating) adventures.