I think it’s time we address something that’s been plaguing this world since the dawn of time: the left-handed population struggling to live in a world not made for them. Because let’s face it, products are catered toward the dominantly right-handed person.
Speaking from personal experience, the day-to-day life of a southpaw is easily a very uncomfortable ordeal. There’s scissors and can openers and ice cream scoopers and guitars and pens and spiral notebooks… seriously, the list just goes on. Lefties have to adapt, and it’s not easy. I still use can openers very awkwardly, because the “normal” way just feels unnatural. People get nervous when I handle knives or sharp objects in general, because there’s this stigma that the left side is just super awkward, even today. Ever hear the term, “two left feet?”
Being put next to a righty in class, you end up bumping arms with them constantly and having to say “sorry” a billion times (and not to mention messing up everybody’s workflow.)
Even the brain is wired differently. The right and left sides of the brain control opposite sides of the body, so the left side controls the right side, and vice versa. Learning a dance routine, for example, is difficult because everything is “backwards” in your head. (There’s not really a good way to explain this one, so I digress.)
Writing is probably one of the most difficult. When you first learn, the pencil grips don’t fit your fingers because they’re designed for the right hand. Then you have to try writing in all these awkward hand positions like the “hook,” til you stick with the one that works best for you and provides the least amount of smudging (although smudging is almost always unavoidable.)
And don’t even get me started on cursive. Ugh.
But aside from all the struggle and discrimination, there’s a flip-side. There always is. Just think: you are one of 10% of the world, and are likely a creative individual.
You even have your own day (August 13 is National Left Handers Day). 🙂
Have a good one,