It’s left-handers day …

Friday 13th, and since 1992, it has marked left-handers day.

I’m left-handed (at least I write with my left-hand). I can also write (not as well) with my right, but I do most other things right-handedly.  As a child, I struggled with smudging my writing completed in ink (developing the famous hook hand to avoid it as teachers disliked smudged work and threatened to make me return to pencil – the horrors – if I didn’t sort it out. Even today, I hate writing in pencil, perhaps linking it to punishment!

I may just be inept but I also struggled with playing guitar and learning to knit. Any other left-handers have problems? Basically, I learned to do most things right-handed, unlike a poor lad I knew who was a few years older than me. He was made to sit on his left hand to force him to use his right. That said, we left-handers are in very good company. Here are 1000 well-known left-handers.

The left-handers day website says:

This is an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their ‘sinistrality’ and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.

This event is now celebrated worldwide, and in the U.K. alone there have been more than 20 regional events to mark the day in recent years – including left-v-right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, pubs using left-handed corkscrews where patrons drank and played pub games with the left hand only, and nationwide “Lefty Zones” where left-handers creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess were celebrated, whilst right-handers were encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel using the wrong equipment!

These events have contributed more than anything else to the general awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience in everyday life, and have successfully led to improved product design and greater consideration of our needs by the right-handed majority – although there is still a long way to go!

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