Gosh, I Thought That You Would Be Taller

“Gosh, I thought that you would be taller, because your parents are tall.” I heard this statement a lot. Like I have a say in determining how tall I would grow up to be.

My family members used to blame me for my lack of expected height for my decision to go on diet. I made the decision because I wanted to lose weight in order to avoid being picked on by other kids and name called as a pig. Although nutritious food has a lot to contribute to our healthy growth; however, in my opinion, our family genetics have more of a role to play in the developmental process.

If nutritious intake is more determining than genetic makeup, how on earth people from some of the impoverished countries in the world can reach the height of six feet? At times, interpreting an ambiguous statement as such is confusing. Was it meant to be a compliment or a benign insult? A confusion, resulted from this type of self-questioning can lead an individual to having a mental breakdown.

Be done with things that we can’t change. Accept reality as it is.

Published by Robbie's Blog

I am a third-culture person who's navigating his way around Hong Kong and beyond. Come join me on this rollercoaster ride.

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