Austin's Story Shame in Appearance

Since I was younger I have always looked up to people… my parents because of how amazing they are, but also most of my friends since they are generally taller than me.

Being 5’7” can be difficult. Two of the biggest ways I have experienced shame with my height are in dating and in sports.

I have always wanted to marry someone that is shorter than me. A lot of times I have gone out with girls and realized that there are better looking and taller guys than me and this has been difficult to still feel confident in myself.

Something that I have done to overcome this obstacle in my life is just realizing that if God wants things to work out with someone then they will.

I have found a beautiful woman and am planning on marrying her later this year.
If I can do it anyone can do it!

My height is frustrating when I play sports as well.

I enjoy basketball; it is my favorite sport. Generally being 5’7” you get blocked a lot, and it is harder to work around bigger defenders.

Over the years I have gotten better at dealing with being blocked by just shrugging it off and practicing so that it happens less frequently.

I work with what I have, and change the way I play to fit my height. For example, my outside shot has improved and I have a less-likely chance of being blocked.

What it has come down to for me is that just because you are born one way and you’re different, it isn’t a bad thing.
Remember to keep your chin up and work hard to be the best you that you can be.

I am happy with who I am, and I know that God made me this way for a reason and I am grateful that He did.


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