There’s an official Left Handers Day website, if you want to check it out.
I didn’t have any family members who were left handed, so I learned how to do most things right handed. Didn’t seem strange to me at all.
I definitely wrote with my left hand, and have always used my left hand for holding utensils and the phone.
But otherwise, I’m a righty. When it comes to some sports, I’m ambidextrous –archery, shooting, racquetball, tennis, bowling… only recently I’ve started working on throwing with my left hand (it’s still in the “quite comical” phase).
I’ve heard horror stories of kids being forced to learn to be righties when growing up. I can’t imagine that. And in some countries, using your left hand to eat is a definite no-no. Amazing.
I’ve always loved the quote I put at the opening of this post. And I also love — “everyone is born right handed, only the greatest overcome it.”
I remember classrooms when they started to get desks for left-handed students. I didn’t feel they helped much. I started writing in spiral notebooks by using the last page first and writing on the back of the page — keeping the metal spiral to the far right and out of my way. It didn’t help “the smudge” from developing on the edge of my hand, but it made writing across the page easier.
I always have.
Do you use any tools specifically made for left-handed people? Do you have your mouse set up as a leftie? Have a left-handed clock? Notebook? Pen? Scissors?
Is your kitchen set up to flow ‘your way’ versus the ‘regular way’? 🙂
If you’re right handed and have left handed children in your life, what do you do to enable their left handedness?
It’s definitely a right-handed world and I know I don’t notice most things that a ‘true’ left handed person might notice since I do most things with my right hand. Buttons on remotes, for instance, set up for a righty; door knobs turn to the right. Pants with zippers — the opening is always on the right.
Lefties, chime in below! What’s your biggest challenge? Any funny stories to share?
Lisa J. Jackson is proud to be left handed. She’s also an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with manufacturing, software, technology, and realty businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.