So, after living 20 years on this earth, I feel like it is very important that I address this always present issue in my life. Being left-handed.
Yes, I am a part of the 10% of Americans who are left-handed and let me tell you, it is not as easy as some would think. I have been forced to train myself to do literally everything backward.
Opening a can? Yea that’s hard. Tieing shoes? Yep, I do it backward. Shaking hands? Always an awkward few seconds. Sitting at a table? Yep, that’s me elbowing you.
Being left-handed is great because I can do some things that most people can’t, but it is also so challenging.
Let’s take sitting at a round dinner table for example. While most people generally reach for their drink with their right hand, I naturally reach with my left. Talk about awkward.
There is also this problem with eating in general. Unless I am sitting at the left corner end of a table, I will constantly bump elbows with my neighbor, which makes for another awkward, and sometimes uncomfortable situation.
Another common problem lefties face, that the privileged right-handers don’t have to deal with is writing. Yes, you read that correctly, writing.
It has taken me 20 years to find the perfect pen/paper combo that doesn’t smudge and smear all over the paper as I write. I am still left with lovely black marks on my hand after an intense session of essay writing, but hey at least my paper is somewhat smudged free. And please, don’t get me started on 3-ring binders.
While we are on the subject of writing, I would just like to say whoever invented the connected desk contraption that is in almost every college class, did not think of the left-handers in the world. Most of my college career has been a struggle because I’m forced to sit in a seat that is not made for the way I write.
Being left-handed is great. It’s a fun trait that makes me who I am, there are not many other people who are left-handed. Whenever I meet a fellow lefty, though, it feels amazing. It’s great talking with them and comparing our struggles.
For all you other lefties out there in the world, just know that you are not alone. I am here and struggling with you.