It’s not always easy being a 6ft2 bloke…
It’s amazing how much emphasis women put on height in their choice of partners. A study carried out by 925 Yahoo! personal dating advertisements found that 48.9 percent of women wanted to only date men taller than they are. It’s not just women - studies have proven taller men earn more money with an extra inch correlating with an estimated $800 in increased annual earnings. And from 1900 to 1968, the taller candidate always won the US Presidential election.
I as a tall man - 6ft2 - understand that us tall people do go through life a little bit differently to the rest. I live in a family with a mixture of heights. My dad is a shortie - 5ft6 - and my mum is fairly tall for a woman at 5ft8. But I think I get my height from my grandad who was 6ft in his prime and from my dad’s cousin who is 6ft2 like me.
There are definitely many upsides of being tall. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve had nice old ladies at Morrisons or the Food Bank asking me to reach stuff for them off the top shelf.
It’s certainly got me female attention when I’ve gone clubbing and some degree of harassment like women reaching up to shove drinks down my throat. That’s one of the downsides of being tall of which there are many. You shorties do have certain things lucky!
I can almost never find clothes that fit me or at least it was difficult when I was younger because I was tall and thin. I wasn’t a big, broad lad which generally the L and XL clothing ranges are designed for, but was forced to wear those larger brands because the small chest size was too short!
That’s certainly got better as I’ve got older and packed on more fat and muscle. I fill out the Large and Xtra Large clothing much better now than I did at 15.
Cars are a nightmare especially when sitting at the back. I have to squeeze myself into the backseat without bumping my head on the top. It’s not as bad as flying or travelling on a coach where every seat is jammed right in front of each other and crushes my legs. I’m only 6ft2. I can’t imagine what it must be like for 7 footers!
When I went horse-riding recently, I had to ride Charlie - the biggest horse on the block. I was terrified when they told me he kicks and was worried he was going to kick my head in and give me a broken lip like you see on ‘24 Hours in A and E’.
And then there’s the issue of kissing. I am single at the moment, but kissing a girl who is about a foot shorter than you is really awkward. So much bending down and it gives me backache!
As you can probably guess from this piece, I don’t always enjoy being tall. Especially not when you’ve got shorter guys begging to fight you. But there’s me wishing I was short. I should see my height as a blessing lol!
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