The Ultimate Challenge: Try Being a Lefty


Kira Grega, Staff Reporter

The ultimate challenge…writing with your left hand, when you’ve been using the other one your whole life.

In fact, I didn’t realize how difficult it was to do EVERYTHING with my left hand until I broke my right wrist and elbow and had to be in a full arm cast for 5 weeks. Did you know that being left handed used to be considered “demonic” by our Puritan ancestors, you know, those folks who had people burned at the stake for witchcraft? Then again, they thought dancing was evil too, and now our world is stricken with twerking videos and internet challenges of people jumping out of a moving car to dance…maybe they had a point.

I now have the utmost respect for anyone who’s left handed or ambidextrous. This past month has been the most difficult couple weeks of my life. I’m extremely dominate in my right hand and trying to do the simplest of tasks such as, showering, eating, writing, and even opening doors has become an everyday struggle. It seems like the entire world is geared toward right handed people.

Some say that lefties are more creative, as it is known that creativity is associated with the right side of the brain (which controls your left hand, and vice versa). And ancient Romans are to thank for the placement of your wedding bling. They believed that a “lover’s vein” connected the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart. Many schools used to view being left handed as “bad” and forced kids to write with their right hand instead. It is now more socially acceptable and even impressive. I give both thumbs up to anyone who can use their left hand.