Being a fairly tall person, Will has to deal with several setbacks throughout the day, most of which have been repeated a fair amount of times. Although it's something he has dealt with since childhood, it often times becomes monotonous. I've researched various situations where this can be seen as a bit of a problem. Of course, not all of these may be something he experiences, but for the sake of generalization, I've included ones I feel are the most common.
For the most part, buildings and cars are constructed with an average height in mind. It may become tiresome to constantly bend down in order to either get inside somewhere (like a car), or reach all the way to the floor to pick something up. Showers probably fit under this category as well. It must be horribly uncomfortable having your head above the shower head and needing to crouch down. Full-length mirrors are also a lie to tall people, as are fitting rooms and bathroom stalls. These everyday situations are definitely challenging, but on the bright side, these people have probably developed exceedingly powerful leg muscles.
Tall people may also encounter the same problem when sitting in a chair or at a desk. It may be a bit too short, so their knees are either hanging off the sides or their legs are extended under the desk, which ends up tripping people. Crossing their legs underneath a table is also not an option. Beds are also compromising situations at times; hotel beds are not nearly long enough to support their feet. An extra blanket may be needed.
Sitting in an open public area where a presentation of some sort is about to be shown can be tricky- they may often have to move to the back so as not to block another's view. This means that being in a movie theater is a little awkward. Taking a group picture is also a slight problem as well, and often times, tall people are cut off if they stand too close. The good news is, if the sun comes out and creates a glare, they can always be used as shade.
It's definitely a struggle to find clothes in the right size, but more specifically, it's difficult for Will to find shoes when he goes out somewhere. The majority of stores normally carry up to a size 13, and being a size 15, there's a drawback. He resorts to shopping online for shoes, but even so, there's a slim selection to choose from. They're also a little more expensive because of the larger size. However, Will plays basketball, and as most basketball players have large feet, there's more of a variety in shoes.
Shirts and pants are also much harder to find. The problem is, as the clothing size number increases, shirts don’t only grow in length; they grow in width. Couple that with finding the design you like, and it becomes nearly impossible.
Dealing with people may just be the greatest complication in the life of tall people. There's the expected "Wow, you're so tall!" from people they just met, and the "What's it like being tall?" from those they've known a little longer. People do have a natural curiosity, so most of the time, it's not a very big deal answering them or responding to such comments. Then again, what would someone say to another who points and exclaims how tall they are? “Thanks”?
People may also use those who are tall as the ‘meeting place’ if someone in a group ever gets lost. It’s a little strange to be used as a landmark, but it is effective. In addition, because of their extra height, tall people must make up for this by consuming more food. They eat larger meals because of their high metabolism, but it may also be categorized as a challenge in their daily lives.
We have come to the thrilling conclusion to my epic four-part blog series. I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed the journey.