Hey! Let me introduce myself. My name is Kayla, I’m 15 years old, I model, play volleyball, I’m a journalist and I’m 6’0” tall. Yeah, you read that right. I’m actually 6’0”. You may be thinking, “OMG you’re so tall!” or without reading the first part you might be like, “Do you play basketball?” Don’t worry, I get it ALL the time, but the new thing that people have been telling me is “You’re wasting your height.” Started getting that my freshman year.
One day, I was in sixth period English when a guy came up to me and asked if I played basketball. I said no, and he proceeded to ask me, “Where is all that height going? If I had your height, I would be dunking!”
In an alternate universe, I would have told him, “If you had my height, you would most likely still be trash in basketball. Since that’s why you NEED my height so bad.” Instead, I said, “I’m a journalist,” and guess what the dude had the utmost audacity to tell me.
“Mannnnnnn… *smacks his lips in disgust* WhY yOu WaStiNg yoUr HeiGhT?!”
I’ve never rolled my eyes so hard at a phrase.
Here’s another instance. I went to an after-school program across the street from my school, and I was just at the vending machine, trying to get a Sprite. One dude MURMURED across the room (How could I hear that? I honestly have no clue). He said, “Mannn, you should be hoopin’!”
Another dude, with his almighty voice, yelled, “Yeah she should. She would be dunkin’!”
I grabbed my Sprite and tried to tell them I don’t play basketball. One of the guys in the room even said the kicker line of, “WheRe’s aLL tHat HeiGht gOInG?”
Y’all I’m tired, so I’m going to set the record straight. There are plenty of other things in this world for tall people to do besides play basketball and I’m doing plenty of those things. If you see a tall person, please don’t ask them or assume if they play basketball. And if they don’t play a sport, PLEASE don’t tell them that they’re wasting their height! You’re annoying. Just sayin’.
By: Kayla Holloway, Sophomore, Morgan Park High School
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