Humans are weird. We also have some of the weirdest struggles with some of the most simplest tasks.
Always getting comments on how long your legs are? Constantly feel like a giraffe or a flamingo? This list is for you. Here are 9 struggles you’ll only get if your legs are disproportionately long compared to the rest of you.
1. Buying pants requires 50 stores, a minimum 3-day commitment, and a sacrifice to the gods.
I mean, after all the work required to find a single pair of jeans that are long enough, you’ve basically finished a full body workout (or at least that’s what I tell myself). And when you do find that magic pair? You buy it in every wash available. Thank you, American Eagle. You’re amazing.
2. People always ask if you run.
Do I run? Ha. Could I run? Probably. Will I run? Let’s just say if you see me running, you better start running too because there’s either something chasing me or an ice cream truck on the horizon. After all, I just got back from a month-long expedition to the great unknown looking for the elusive size-long pair of jeans, so I’m going to need some recovery time.
3. You sit down and find yourself looking up at everyone else.
For some reason, I always get it in my head that I’m semi-tall. Then, I sit down and remember my torso is not at the same proportion to my body as my legs. My shorter friends (love you!) suddenly seem a whole lot taller once we’re no longer standing. It’s a weird feeling, but I guess something’s got to keep you grounded, right?
4. Two words: steering wheels.
I might as well just be driving with my knees. The steering wheel basically rests on them the entire time anyway. I know I could tilt it up a little, but then my arms have to stretch too far and it just doesn’t work.
Don’t even get me started on small cars either. If I ever had to ride in a mini coop I don’t know how I would deal. If you don’t believe me, try riding in the backseat of a little car behind a driver with equally long legs who needs the seat pushed allllll the way back. Looking at you, Dad. Thanks.
5. Two more words: lecture halls
I will never understand why we aren’t given enough walk space between rows of seats in classrooms. If you ever need to get past me, I’m sorry, but between the nonexistent leg room and my practically-a-freshman-sized backpack, you’re going to have to really work for it.
And in classes longer than 50 minutes? Forget it. Your legs are either cramped or asleep or somehow both by the end of it and there’s literally nothing you can do about it. School is hard in more ways than one, that’s for sure.
6. Blankets, why you so short?
Winter is rough. I have definitely never accidentally punched myself in the face trying to stretch a throw blanket further than the fabric will allow….nope…never…
7. Flexibility? What flexibility?
It’s super embarrassing, but I’ve never been able to touch my toes. I think at this point it may just be a subconscious stubbornness, but whatever, I’m not bitter about it…
8. I promise my skirt wasn’t this short when I put it on.
After walking across campus and going up three flights of stairs to class, all I can say is I’m sorry.
Yes, I know I perpetuate the sorority girl stereotype clothing-wise, but you try finding shorts long enough to show under super long t-shirts while still being short enough to not be insanely hot. I have to take what I can get and you’re just going to have to accept it. It’s fine. It’s all fine.
9. Walking is the most frustrating thing.
I have one pace and one pace only. If you can’t keep up, well, that’s just awkward for both of us. I’m usually at least a million steps in front of everyone else and you will hardly ever find me straggling behind a group. If you’re an incredibly slow walker and positioned in such a way that I can’t get around you, I will glare at the back of your head until I can blow past (Yep. I’m that person). That being said, though, one of my favorite games to play is to see how close behind insanely slow walkers I can get before they realize it, become super uncomfortable, and give me a subtle (or not subtle) look. It’s a lot of fun, you should try it. Pro tip: couples count as bonus points.
There are always struggles that come with the territory. But hey, long legs command the beach so at least we’ve got that going for us. 😉
~ What’s the biggest leg struggle you experience? And don’t say #legday because I can’t relate 😉