With only an estimated 12 per cent of the world’s population being left-handed, we can’t go ahead without acknowledging and celebrating Left-Handers Day on Thursday, August 13 – a celebration that began in 1992. While this number is increasing over time, if you’re a lefty then perhaps you could help raise awareness of the everyday issues you face in a world designed for right-handers.
It’s those little tasks that become more challenging, including peeling vegetables, using scissors, writing on a whiteboard, or drawing on a spiral-bound notepad. Or using items designed for right-handed people, including guitars, microwaves, and ironing boards. Given this, most lefties learn to be ambidextrous. If you’re a lefty, why not get your right-handed friends to try completing normal tasks with their left hand on this special day?
In medieval times, those caught writing with their left hand were thought to be possessed. Even today there are still countries where children are forced to write with their right hand.
But lefties can proudly point to a plethora of people who led with the left, from US presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to rock legends Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney and Kurt Cobain. Batting for the women’s team we have Julia Roberts, Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey, among many. And let’s not forget Ned Flanders, okily-dokily?
On your special day we ‘righties’ salute you – with our left hand, of course.