Accepting My Height
Growing up as a teen who was the tallest in her class, life became overwhelming for me. I always wanted to just shrink down to my classmates and friend’s height. I didn't want to stand out because bullies always preyed on the kids who stood out! I was called "ugly", "you're a guy because girls aren't that tall", "jolly green giant", and the list goes on. I coped with being bullied by acting out in class, I was the class clown, so I was always in trouble! I wanted to make others laugh by masking in my pain of being bullied.
I became more comfortable in high school with my height because I saw a few other girls who were tall as well. Oddly, in my high school the bullying stopped. Now, there were times where other students would ask how tall I was and things like that but nothing that made me feel uncomfortable. I played basketball and ran track in high school, so I was around a handful of other tall girls, so those moments were the start of me accepting my height.
Entering college was a life saver. On campus you get to see an array of individuals from different backgrounds, nationalities, sizes etc. I began to really love my height because I got a chance to see how DIFFERENT everyone really was in life. I understand that standing out isn't a bad thing, you're not cursed, you're not an ugly duckling. You are beautifully made!
If I could go back in time to just encourage my younger self, I would tell her to just be yourself, God made you different for a reason. In due time, you will see that the one thing you struggled with in life will become your comfort zone, your reason to help others, and your story and how you overcame will empower others. As a mother of 2 girls, I'm already instilling in them that they are beautifully made. Teaching them to accept their height and letting them know that it's OK to stand out.
A lot of our teen girls and even ourselves we get fixated on how these Instagram models look on social media. We see all the likes and comments that they receive, and we think to ourselves, "Wow, she's so pretty and she has an amazing body, I wish I looked like her" or "I wish I had a body like that". We must stop thinking that a slim body with no imperfections is the ONLY you will be considered beautiful. You are YOU for a reason. Those long legs, those imperfections, those flaws that you think you have is what makes you, YOU! You must decide if you’re going to continue to be down on yourself or tell yourself that I'm more than enough! My favorite social media comedian says it best, "God only made one you, if you don't be you, then nobody else will."
As a 30-year-old woman, I'm loving myself more and more every day. I don't care what others think of me or about me. I know that I'm beautiful, inside and out. I don't just stand out; I stand out with a purpose which is to empower my children and others who may struggle with being tall and not feeling confident in their height. Rhonda Lynette isn't just a clothing brand, it's a clothing brand with a purpose which is to empower every tall woman to love their height and to feel comfortable, confident, independent and beautiful.
Just remember this the next time you’re out and about, at an event, a party, or anything. When you're the tallest in the room you are leaving an impression on everyone around you. You will be remembered in some shape or form. No one will remember the average height or short person, 9 times out of 10, people will say, " you remember that tall woman?", "That tall woman had on some nice heels!" or "Did you see that tall girl, she's stunning." Every room you entire you will be remembered! That is amazing and so are you!
Tall friends, what were some of your experiences growing up tall? Are you comfortable in your height now? What would you tell other girls or women who are struggling accepting their height?
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