I wish I was little bit taller,
I wish I was a baller
I wish I had a girl who looked good
I would call her
I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat
and a ’64 Impala
I wish I was like six-foot-nine
So I could get with Leoshi“
– Skee-Lo “I Wish”
This song came out in the 90s echoed the sentiments – albeit with a bit of a “tongue in cheek” humor – that many people feel: I wish I was a little bit taller.
The artist, Skee-Lo, looks at his height as one of several aspects about himself that he wishes that he could change to get the girl he wants and to live the life he wants. While it was a fun, upbeat song that got a ton of airplay because of its catchy beat and lighthearted humor the underlying message that it conveyed is one that effects many people and is probably another reason that it was so popular. People really identified with his plight because we all know how it feels to want to change something about ourselves, whether its height, financial situation, or something else.
I wish I was a little bit taller because…
For the most part, people that want to learn how to grow taller because they feel that their height is holding them back somehow. Unfortunately, they may actually be right.
Everyone has heard about the various research studies that conclude that height can be a determining factor in career, relationships, and even health. Taller people tend to automatically get more respect from the people around them, be looked at as more attractive to others, and even lead healthier lives. They are more likely to be promoted, more likely to get married, less likely to become addicted to tobacco and alcohol, and more likely to have children.
And the differences are much more pronounced for males than females.
Shorter men often find it difficult to assert their masculinity convincingly not only to others, but often tragically, to themselves as well. Therefore, it really should come as no surprise that so many short men often find themselves going above and beyond, so to speak, to stand out, command attention, and to portray their capabilities to others. It’s the very root of the so-called “Napoleon Complex.”*
*And if you hadn’t already heard, Napoleon was actually not that short. He was about 5’7”, a height that was about average for his time. Scholars believe that his reputation as a ruthless conqueror preceded him in such a manner that most people imagined him to be much more imposing physically to match the reputation and were thus a bit thrown off if and when they finally caught glimpse of him.
The thing to remember is that while it is certainly possible to learn how to get taller (in spite of “common knowledge”), most people will likely never achieve the happiness and self-respect that they long for until they accept themselves for who they are first and foremost.
It’s the very same for any kind of variable anyone would like to change in their life. Just look at the saying, “money doesn’t buy happiness.” It’s been said so much that it’s nothing short of a tired cliché these days, but that doesn’t stop many, many people from believing that if only they had a little (or a lot) more money, they’d lead much happier lives.
So whether it’s your financial situation, your weight, your car, your house, or your height, remember that while you can change any and all of these things, you have to remember that in the end, no matter what you change, you’ll still be you. And if you don’t accept yourself, then you you’ll likely never be truly happy no matter what else in your life changes.