Friday, September 09, 2005

As if...

I'm not already inferior enough, but now I've missed out on my chance to become taller. Is this for real?

www.heightmax.com

I heard an ad on the radio for this, and I thought it was just a joke. But it's not! But since I'm well over the age of 25, I guess there's no hope for me. I'm short. I'm 5'2" and shrinking. I have wondered at times what it would be like to be taller. And I've wondered also if my growth might have been stunted by severe calorie restriction during the prime growth years of puberty. See, I was a competitive figure skater and no matter how thin I was it was never thin enough. At the peek of my training I was skating 6-8 hours a day on a 1200 calorie diet. So much of my body's energy went to skating and not enough was left for growth. My mom was short, about 5'3", but my sister managed to grow to 5'4". She had a more 'normal' adolescence. My dad is about 5'11", not short at all. Sometimes I get kind of pissed about how I was treated when I was skating. My entire self image is really screwed up over all of that, even now. I don't know what I look like because what I see in the mirror isn't the same thing I see in pictures. I've never seen myself in a 'true light.'

Anyway, not to be a downer, but this really bothers me. It's just like all the stupid tooth whitening crap that's being hawked these days. I even saw a woman on TV the other day whose teeth were so unnaturally white that they really looked blue. Come on people, there are so many more important things to worry about than how tall or short you are, how white or yellow your teeth are, how large or small your boobs and butt are, how many wrinkles and age spots you've got, and how gray and/or bald you're getting. We aren't designed to live forever, and we aren't designed to all look alike.

3 comments:

DHammett said...

We truly aren't designed to all look alike. Vive le difference!

Average White Guy said...

I blame it all on Barbie and Ken!

Rae Ann said...

dh, you're right again.

awg, yeah, I'll never look like Barbie without extensive plastic surgery. Not in my plans.