12 Little Things That Only Short People Really Know About

As someone who barely touches five feet, I completely relate to everything on this list. I found a hilarious discussion asking for things that only short people know and understand. Here are our universal truths.

1. Sun Visors Mean Nothing

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If you are a short person, sun visors mean nothing regarding blocking the sunshine from your eyes. The only way to make that work is by sitting on something to boost you like a toddler. But it can make it more challenging to reach the peddles. So, most of us opt for sun-blindness and prayer.

2. Top Shelf Grocery Store Debacle

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I love how a fellow short person puts it: At stores, there’s an internal debate about which option you choose when an item is on the top shelf.

  • Just leave and don’t buy it.
  • Do a quick scan of the aisle to see if someone tall is nearby.
  • Ask an employee for help.
  • See if it’s possible for you to jump and grab it without making a scene.
  • Or climb onto the bottom shelf and reach the item on the top shelf.

3. Concert Views Suck

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Short people and concerts don’t mix. Unless you are in the very front row, you most likely won’t be seeing anything but the back of people’s heads and their cell phones in the air. You are often elbowed in your head when people put their hands in the air.

4. Constant Fear of Airbag Deployment

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If you’ve ever been a passenger to a short driver, you may have noticed that they sit right on top of the steering wheel. It’s unsettling to know that if the airbag deploys, it can cause severe injury or death because it’s not built for us to be so close.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends 10 inches between the airbag cover and a driver’s breastbone. This is best achieved by adjusting your seat position or using pedal extensions.

5. Car Support Pillows Hurt

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Do you know the car support pillows that are their for support so you won’t strain your neck or break it in a rear end collision? They do the opposite to short people. There is no support, and they honestly hurt your neck. Long drives are uncomfortable.

6. Seatbelts Are Annoying

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Seatbelts never fit right! It’s annoying and uncomfortable. I find myself constantly pulling it away from me. I always wear it, but I wonder if the way it cuts across my neck benefits or hurts me in an accident.

7. Office and Gaming Chairs Aren’t Comfortable

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Ugh! I work from home and need a good office chair, and I have yet to find one that provides ergonomic support and comfort. Most of the time, I have to put my legs up and down all day to battle the tension that builds in my knees because my feet don’t touch the floor. Then, after sitting crisscross applesauce for too long, I stretch, and it pains the knees, too.

8. We Get Caught on Handles and Doorknobs

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From belt loops on jeans to sweatpants strings to oversized sweaters and t-shirts, short people are constantly being yanked backward after being caught on drawers, knobs, and handles. Most of us will admit it triggers “Pure unbridled rage,” however irrational it may be.

9. Super Low Calorie Intake to Lose Weight

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Short people who want to lose weight face a significantly smaller caloric intake regulation than taller people. I love how one puts it: “I’d be a healthy weight if I was 6 inches taller. I’m not overweight. I’m under-height.”

10. Hemming Pants

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If you are vertically challenged, be prepared to spend a lot of time or money having every pair of pants you ever purchase hemmed. Clearance deals are never really clearance when you pay someone more to hem the pants than the pants cost you.

It’s so annoying. What’s worse? The “petite” options rarely are short enough for me (so I imagine that’s universal for shorties). I grew up walking on the bottom of my pants. In Washington state, that meant my pants were always cold and wet.

11. Kitchen Cupboards

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I’ve yet to find a kitchen cabinet that I can reach the top shelves of. Step stools are a necessity. Short people have less accessibility in kitchens. We also spend much of our lives jumping up and down from counters to reach things.

12. Legroom for the Win

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On a plus note, we don’t need that much legroom. So that means that most airline travel isn’t too bad for us, regarding leg cramping anyway. It also means that backseat passengers always want to sit behind our seats because we can scooch closer to the dashboard than tall people.

True Ghost Stories: 3 Terrifyingly True Tales From Living in a Haunted House

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Growing up in a haunted house proved terrifying on many occasions. It’s nothing you ever get used to, but something you learn to live with when given no other choice. The home had multiple spirits and another supernatural being with a darker, evil presence.

Not only did I grow up in the home, but as an adult, I moved back into the house with my daughter when my dad remarried and moved out. I know what you’re thinking: “Why would you willingly move back into a haunted home?” I was a single mom with limited options and a loving father. Nonetheless, I have decades’ worth of stories. Here are three of the creepier moments.

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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and Jesus.