The word "stature" is doubly defined by Merriam-Webster like so:
1 : natural height (as of a person) in an upright position
2 : quality or status gained by growth, development, or achievement
I am wondering: is there a reason that we have this link between height and achievement in English? Is there etymological history behind stature meaning both "height" and "achievement"?
Backstory: I am tall (6'4"). Many times when people haven't seen me in a while they say "Wow, you are taller than I remember." I am also quite playful. I joke a lot and I am kind of goofy. This, along with the definition of stature, leads me to the conclusion that people remember me as being short because they associate my goofy nature with my height. So, when they see me, they say "wow you are tall!" because their memory of me is as a short person, i.e., one who is not very revered or respected. The word I use to represent this phenomenon is: stature. I am physically tall but socially "short."
I provide this backstory to make my question clearer. i.e., the question is such that the answer will hopefully validate or invalidate my theory of why people say they remember me being shorter than I am.