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A Left Handed Open Perspective of the World

Updated on October 4, 2016

The Left Hand Sawtooth Beer and Beer Glass

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In the Left Corner

If you took ten people and asked them to walk through a door to a perfectly square room, I would bet the majority of the people would go to the same side. I would also bet that the majority of the ten people are right handed and are among the estimated 90% that would flock to the same side.

Imagine that you are part of the majority that flocked to the same side of the room. Walk to the nearest corner and stand there with your back to the wall. You are, for all intents and purposes, standing in the corner but you are not being punished. If you turned around and looked directly across the room to the diagonal corner and recorded the vision you see, you will have a certain perspective of that corner, the room and even your surroundings. Now, if you walked straight across to the opposite corner, stood with you back to the wall again then turned around, you are very likely to have a different perspective of the same room.

If you observed any difference in this exercise than you have a pretty good idea of what I feel every day of my life as a left handed individual living in a right handed world.

My Real Life Left Hand

The hand is my own as is the cursive writing along with the printed writing - courtesy of my left hand
The hand is my own as is the cursive writing along with the printed writing - courtesy of my left hand | Source

Left Hand in Society

Without any doubt in either side of my mind the left side of the room (the assumption is left handed people would have chosen the left side of the room) think differently than right side of the room. Left handed individuals and even differently from one left hand person to another. I parallel this similar to personalities of redhead individuals versus personalities of blonds and brunettes.

Let me start with the selected hub picture above. This is a picture of a bottle cap from a beer I recently tried - called Sawtooth Ale made by Lefthand Brewing Company in Colorado. I really like this beer and elected to try it based on the name itself. You may have seen my red hand print in the forums or left as a comment on your hub. I cannot say that I would have tried this beer if I were right handed but then again since I am left handed, I do not have have to worry about it. Nonetheless, the beer is called sawtooth ale which is ironic because the saw blade has to go against the grain to work properly (seemingly very much like a left handed individual and me). I am not suggesting that a left handed person only works against the grain, like the saw blade, but it seems to be a more natural way of doing things for us.

I can only say that my mother was left handed and it is probably where I got the LRRTM1 gene from. Now the LRRTM1 gene (definition from Wikipedia means Leucine-rich repeat transmembrane neuronal protein 1). Isn't this definition obvious?

Scientific studies will tell you that testosterone levels, during pregnancy, contributes to a person being left handed (So I suppose the high testosterone levels is what caused the pregnancy - which translates to me that I was born due to a primal urge). Science also suggests that the high levels of testosterone impedes the growth of the left side of the brain forcing neurons to the right side of the brain. I suppose that is why everyone says that left handed individuals are in the right mind.

I do not remember any stories growing up which made me left handed. I have always done things with my left side of my body, have always had a difficult time doing things right handed and have always found it difficult living in a right handed world.

A Right Handed World

Growing up in a right handed world was, and still is, no picnic for a left handed person. In school, I sat at a small desk that had the writing space on the right side, wrote in a notebook with spirals on the left side causing me problems near the left margin, walked on the right side of the hall, walked up the right side of staircases and greeted people with my right hand. Even a soldier solute is done with the right hand.

When I got a job at Burger King and I had to put french fries in the paper carton it was difficult because the device, to scoop the fries from the holder, had the handle on the right side. This did not bother my because I simply flipped the device over and used it as if it were designed for a left handed person.

When it came time to utilize a pair of scissors, I treated them like the fry device and turned them over to cut objects. This was a bit more difficult than manipulating the fry device because the cutting motion is geared for a right handed person due to the cut of the scissors handle.

In life, I greet people by shaking their right hand (although I understand this is different in many parts of the world), I drive a Jeep with stick shift that is moved with my right hand, I work with many computers which has the mouse on the right side of the keyboard, I open doors on the right side to enter or exit, I open the refrigerator with the handle on the left side (so the door swings open to the right side) and drive in the right lane on two lane roads.

If you like statistics, left handedness represents a mere 10% of the population (percentage obtained from wikipedia).

10 Facts On The Left Handed Me

  • I write with my left hand
  • I bat left handed when hitting in baseball
  • I throw left handed when pitching in softball
  • I shoot left handed when playing ice hockey
  • I kick with my left foot when playing football or soccer
  • I work at a computer with the mouse on the left side of the keyboard
  • I eat my food with the fork in my left hand
  • I drink my beverages from the left side of my plate
  • I even prefer to use the left entrance of the man cave
  • I have a stronger left eye and use the right side of my mind :)

Famous Left Handed People (video)

Left Hands in Baseball and Hockey

Donnie Baseball of the MLB NY Yankees, bats and throws left handed
Donnie Baseball of the MLB NY Yankees, bats and throws left handed | Source
Mike Modano of the NHL Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings, shoots left handed
Mike Modano of the NHL Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings, shoots left handed | Source

5 Famous Left Handed Athletes

  • Baseball - Babe Ruth
  • Basketball - Larry Bird
  • Football - Gale Sayers
  • Hockey - Mike Modano (shoots)
  • Olympics - Mark Spitz

5 Famous Left Handed Nicknames

  • Left-kelly
  • Left-plug
  • Lefty
  • South-paw
  • Southpaw

20 Famous Left Handed Women

  • Amy Smart
  • Angie Harmon
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Beyonce
  • Diane Keaton
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Helen Keller
  • Jessica Alba
  • Joan of Arc
  • Julia Roberts
  • Kate Hudson
  • Marie Curie
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Milla Jovivch
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Opra Winfrey
  • Pink
  • Queen Victoria
  • Rebecca Romijn
  • Scarlett Johansson

Left Hand in Music - This Left Feels Right

Bon Jovi acoustic album
Bon Jovi acoustic album | Source

Left Hand in Music - This Left Feels Right

If you ever heard the music of rock artist Bon Jovi, and I recommend you listen to the band, there is a special album they made in November 2003. The album was a reinvention of 12 of the bands biggest hits with a twist. The album track list included acoustic versions of twelve of their biggest selling hits from previously released albums. Just as the title indicates, Bon Jovi did a 180 degree turn from their rock style music to perform a batch of songs that could have put them into a country music category. Bon Jovi titled this album "This Left Feels Right". A very interesting title to me because of the analogy of taking an acoustic left turn from their normal rock genre. I have heard the expression "that was from left field" and have grown to understand this means something out of the ordinary. The expression very much ties into the title of Bon Jovi's 2003 album. Both the expression and title used the word left as if it were a foreign language or something out of the normal. If the word left itself did not imply a stray from the ordinary there would be no reason to differentiate between left and right. Perhaps Bon Jovi meant this to parallel the majority population of right handed individuals versus a minority population of left handed individuals. Perhaps Bon Jovi wanted the album to stand out in the grammy categories very much like a left handed individual stands out in society.

Left Hand in Music - This Left Feels Right - Bon Jovi

Last Left Turn

So now you know you see a bit of the world I live in but I do not mind because I have learned to work around a world built for right handed individuals. I am still a bit sarcastic and I am not mad at the world (just the people that did not consider left handed individuals in their design). I will always be positive and continue to think the way I do because my way of thinking is no left turn, it is just the way I am.

Thanks for reading - Life is good, left or right handed.

Things That Left Hand People Hate

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school  
kitchen  
general  
spiral notebooks (spiral on left)
refrigerator handle
eating (right hand person on the left)
the desks (writing space on right)
the measuring cup (holding it in left hand shows metric)
credit card signature machines (cord does not extend to left very well)
three ring binder (rings on left)
tin can opener
riding a bike with traffic rule (I ride on the left so I can see when a car will hit me)

Hand Check

Which hand is your dominent hand ?

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Interesting article. I have 3 sons, 1 right handed, 1 left handed, 1 ambidextrous but uses his left hand for writing. They seem to have adapted well to a right handed world, at least they haven't complained.

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      mts1098 5 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Hi Pamela99 - That certainly is a good mix of left and right...I think you have all areas covered. I think kids today adapt more easily to things in general. I am the only lefty in my family so I get to view things from that perspective. Interesting though, of my siblings 2 are dominant left and 2 are dominant right...cheers and thanks

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub here about the left handed world. I grew up with a g.f. who was left handed and my nephew who is living with me is a leftie. Oh, and my favorite: Obama. I love watching him sign something, haha. voted up and useful/interesting

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Denise - I do not run into too many lefty women and I definitely have seen some very unique left writing techniques. Let us be glad that we type here and not script by hand :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      That is so true, :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Thanks Denise...Good luck in the Acute area...Have a great weekend...cheers

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Fantastic hub about the left handed world. IT wasn't that long ( and perhaps still happens in many parts of the world) where parents and teachers tried to force right handedness on left handed people!

      The past has been unkind to left dominance, so much so the word 'sinister' which actually means left has taken on the meaning of evil and the world 'Dextrous' which means right handed actually means skilful! You have doen a grand job with a personal perspective. voted up and awesome!

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Docmo - thanks for the input. It used to drive me crazy in school to have to write on the right hand side of the desk with a right handed notebook...cheers

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