By Nicola Harley
The world’s smallest man has met the world’s tallest man for the first time.
At 8ft 3in, it was a new high for Sultan Kösen to meet the world’s shortest living man Chandra Bahadur Dangi at an event in London.
It is the first time the pair have met and their encounter in the UK marked the Guinness World Records Day.
At just the same size as six stacked cans of baked beans, measuring 1ft 7in, Chandra was discovered in Nepal two years ago at the age of 75.
Despite other short men taking the title, he is one of the shortest ever known.
Sultan, 31, who hails from Turkey, said despite the height difference the men have faced similar difficulties.
“I love London and to be able to finally meet Chandra after all this time is amazing,” Sultan Kosen said.
“Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives and when I look into Chandra’s eyes, I can see he’s a good man.”
Chandra added: “It’s been a lifelong dream to travel and becoming a Guinness World Records title holder has enabled me to do that. I’m honoured to be in London, I’ve always wanted to visit and the fact I get to meet Sultan is special. It makes me extremely proud to represent Nepal all around the world, I’m extremely humbled by the support I receive.”
The pair met to mark Guinness World Record’s day as 600,000 people took part in events across the world to try and win the title.
Looking at the story above, you will notice the obvious difference between the two gentle men, one is tall, Sultan Kosen from Turkey and the other is short, Bahadur Dangi from Nepal. Despite the differences, there are similarities that both parties have experienced and out of all these factors we shall take a short view on their self-esteem clearly stated in their statement.
Here is what the tallest man in the world said, Sultan Kosen, “Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives and when I look into Chandra’s eyes, I can see he’s a good man.”
Reading that statement, it is obvious that the challenges and struggles they face is based on their physical endowments.
Sultan Kosen is tall, very, very, tall. You may quickly assume that he had a good time growing up. Not that he wouldn’t have enjoyed the pleasantness of being a tall person plus having the honor of being awarded the tallest man in the world, his Self-Esteem is always on the line. Some persons appreciate tall people and others don’t. Sultan must have met people in his life who don’t appreciate his bodily physique and they must have told him the worst things and treated him really bad, just because he is tall. Sultan Kosen’s height may have paved way for him in places others experienced closed doors. Jealousy may have over taken men around Sultan Kosen and pushed them to hate him.
Here is the gist, despite Sultan Kosen’s height that is majorly envied and appreciated, his Self-Esteem must have come under pressure. His friends and relatives may put him under the pressure of doing the things he wouldn’t want to do. Your Self-Esteem is confidence in yourself, yourself worth. People will try to redefine you in many ways than one, in many things and comparison that you are not. Your self-esteem comprises of everything, your emotions, height, weight, education, social-status, friends, family, your spiritual life and every other thing.
Bahadur Dangi who is rated by the Guinness World book of record as the world smallest and shortest man, who hails from Nepal, faces similar struggles and challenges like the tallest man, Sultan Kosen.
In his own case, humiliation and getting bullied could have been a regular thing for him. You can easily assume that all his life, he faced the worst challenges compared to Sultan Kosen whose height is enviable and might have given him honors and opportunities. For Bahadur Dangi his self-esteem might have been tortured just because he is so short, almost looking like a baby with an adult head. Insults and other abusive words must have been thrown at him, yet he lived through, as at 2014, he was 77 years old.
Here’s the gist; you may have the worst body physique that the world is not looking for or interested in. but note this one thing, there thousands of people looking for what you have that other people may not appreciate. Do not let what they say get you down. Read this from the bible;
‘Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.’ 1Timothy 4:12
People are meant to use their mouth to express their opinion about you and if you let it get to you, it will affect your self-esteem, even throughout life if care is not taken. Do not be intimidated by what others have that you don’t. Give thanks for things you have because also have things others don’t.
‘For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.’ 2Corinthians 10:12
Do not compare yourself, your attribute, your physical endowments with that of others, bible confirms that you will be a fool to do such a thing.
People will do it for you if you don’t. let me warn you, protect your self-esteem.
Sultan Kosen who is the tallest man in the world and Bahadur Dangi who is the shortest man in the world have come to understand that their struggles have only built them into what they are at the moment.
Be inspired to appreciate yourself, to protect your self-esteem, you are valuable to others even if your family and friends do not see the star in you. You can imagine how this short man would have been treated all his life, disdained and ignored. It is good if others do it to you but for you to do it yourself, then you are your own enemy.
Be yourself, your self-esteem is open to critics but let Jesus be in you, because himself was criticized.
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