According to various studies, I am more apt to suffer from migraines, allergies, moodiness, and insomnia. Sounds like menopause, doesn’t it?
I am one of the 10 per cent in the world with the dubious distinction of being a leftie.
I say dubious because, throughout history, lefties have been feared and despised. Well, that explains the can opener.
The very word ‘left’ comes from Anglo-Saxon lyft which means weak or broken.
The German translation is awkward or clumsy and in Italian, it can be translated to mean crooked, maimed or dishonest.
We have one thing over the other 90 per cent of the world’s population though, our very own day.
Actually, that’s not the only thing we have over righties.
Apparently, we recover from strokes faster, our eyes adjust to underwater vision faster, we are champion multi-taskers because, it is thought, the connections between the right and left sides of the brain work faster in left-handed people which means information is transferred faster.
We are renowned for our creativity, not surprising as we are better at 3D perception and thinking than our right-handed counterparts.
When it comes to handling a tennis racquet or baseball bat, we produce a higher proportion of champions on a percentage basis – think tennis’s Jimmy Connors and Henri LaConte or baseball’s Babe Ruth.
While the rest of the world loves to hate us, they also love us to be leaders – five of the last seven US presidents were lefties.
Despite the fact we are more likely to stutter or have dyslexia or schizophrenia, we are also more likely to be geniuses.
According to a study from the University of New York, there was a higher percentage of left-handers with an IQ of more than 140 (genius bracket) than right-handers.
We’re in good company. Marie Curie and Albert Einstein were lefties. So were Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
Four of the five designers of Apple Mac are lefties. Remember, there’s only about 10 per cent of us in the whole world.
Some of my very favourite musicians are/were lefties; Annie Lennox, David Bowie, David Byrne, Jimi Hendrix, Cole Porter, Chuck Mangione to name a few.
The list of famous leftie actors is equally impressive including Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Pierce Brosnan, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and Diane Keaton.
We reign supreme when it comes to words too. On a QWERTY keyboard, 1447 English words are typed solely with the left hand, as opposed to 187 with the right hand only.
We even have an advantage when it comes to writing in Hebrew, as that language is written from right to left.
Maybe if I’d been writing in Hebrew way back in school my teachers would not have tried to retrain me into right-handedness. My mother quickly put an end to this when she found out. She, like the Incas, believes in the magical abilities and spiritual powers of lefties.
Perhaps our biggest advantage lies in our fighting skills and our famous left hook. According to Listverse, the Bible makes special mention of left-handed warriors and another study has shown that the more warlike a society, especially in primitive cultures, the higher percentage of left-handers there are.
More research suggests we’re just a bunch of scaredy cats, who are easily embarrassed with a tendency towards alcoholism (though this last theory has since been debunked). As a lefty, I’m telling you now, trying to open a can with a right-handed can opener is enough to send anyone to drink.
International Left-Handers Day is celebrated worldwide on August 13 each year.
As a proud lefty, I couldn’t help but want to join in the celebration.
IF NOTHING GOES RIGHT, TRY GOING LEFT
I see people often seem most deft
When they pen with their right and not their left
And yet when it is time to fight
It’s lefties who have all the might
Lefty fighters in Biblical times
Were brave warriors in dangerous climes
Yet rumour has it they’re scaredy cats
Unless holding a racquet or baseball bat
They’re quick to anger and fast to blush
And can more easily become a lush
They’re called weak and broken and crooked and maimed
Yet for creativity they are famed
Marie Curie and Al Einstein too
Were lefty geniuses through and through
Allergies and migraines may make them weep
Particularly when deprived of sleep
But as multi-taskers, lefties do rule
And can’t be mistaken for anyone’s fool
Despite all the gadgets designed for right hands
Lefties CAN still open humble tin cans.
And if all that they say ‘bout the brain is true
That the left side of the body, the right side rules
There’s just one conclusion that you will find
It’s only us lefties that are in our right minds.
Have a gleeful week, Tamuria.