posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 11:10 AM
As some of you might know, I've been working on this kind of "series" if you will, of traits in human beings that impact our day to day lives. I
previously did threads on both hair and hands, and now it's time to move onto some more important traits that greatly impact us in today's society.
These two biggies would be our height and weight.
Height and weight are two of those things that are easily visually seen by others. In fact, they are some of the first things I look at when I meet
a new person. It's human nature to study our surroundings and other living organisms.
When I was younger, I was short and chubby. I used to get made fun of because of this in middle school and the first two years of high school. Once
junior year came around, I went through a huge growth spurt and shot up to the sky, plus now that my body was taller, the fat was dispersed more, I
got skinnier as well. It is a phenomenon that runs in my family, of a very late puberty, and the growth spurt that goes along with it. This all
happened within the course of 6 months.
I had to get used to this new tall and skinny body, and many of my old friends, especially if I hadn't seen them in a while, were shocked at my new
body. Many many people thought I was on drugs because of how skinny I got, but I wasn't on drugs. I still ate the same amounts of food, it was just
the way my body was now. I got very clumsy, and was bumping into things and stumbling over myself a lot.
Several years have passed, and I am now very comfortable in my body. I am still skinny and tall, and I do eat a lot of food. I am about 135 pounds
and 6'0 tall. I still stumble over myself every once in a while, but I have learned to control my body vehicle quite well.
My height has affected my life greatly. I stand at 6'0 tall, which is pretty standard for a male, and I am taller than some of my guy friends.
I'm not trying to brag here, but my height plays a huge role in my interactions with people. It feels great to be at this height, since I can talk
face to face with other males, and be taller than most girls, which is what most girls want, is a tall guy.
I have this one male friend who is 5'4, and he has told me openly how this has affected his life. His girlfriend is the exact same height as him,
and he says he feels embarrassed when she wears high heels, because she then becomes taller than him.
Another aspect of this whole height thing is when I see guys that are taller than me, I subconsciously become jealous. In my experience, when
someone is taller than me, it makes me feel lesser than them having to stare up to talk to them.
People still tease me about how skinny I am. Some of the comments really hurt. I have been trying to bulk up, which helps a bit, but still I am
pretty damn skinny.
Now in regards to the title, I mentioned "today's society." If you watch commercials these days, you will see that there are a ridiculous amount
of them (mostly targeting women), about losing weight. Some models on the runways are super duper skinny, which can influence some women's thoughts
on their own bodies. In Hollywood, the stars have perfect bodies, and this can make normal men and women feel inadequate, but like I said, this
affects women more than men in most cases. This had led to disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. You can easily see how today's society and
today's media have affected what the ideal human should look like.
I would now love to hear your comments about how your height and weight have affected you throughout your life, and what people's reactions were if
you went through big physical changes in regards to height and weight. Thank you and I look forward to to your thoughts on the matter.
[edit on 27-3-2010 by SolarE-Souljah]