Awight?

By Megan Kovach, Senior Executive

There’s an old saying that states ‘when nothing goes right, go left.’ 

Today as we ‘go left’ and celebrate International Left-Handers Day, we commend all of the unique lefties in the world – past, present and future, known for our creative minds, musical talents and inability to operate a pair of scissors. 

Research shows that 10% of the world’s 7.8 billion population are left-hand dominant. 

Psychology Today reports that approximately 708 million people on the planet are left-handed, with men more likely to be lefties than women. 

Although we live in a right-handed world, some of the most influential leaders of our time have been lefties. 

Barack Obama, Winston Churchill, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are a few of the top names on the famous lefty-list, as well as musical legends Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, David Bowie and Lady Gaga.

Being a lefty is also a national treasure, at least for the British Royal Family. The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William are all left-handed royalty. 

Scientists have also determined that left-handed people use more of the right side of the brain and are often more creative and artistic compared to their right-handed friends.

However, left-handed people haven’t always had the reputation of being unique and creative. In fact, ‘Southpaws’, as lefties are called, have had quite the opposite. 

Back in the Middle Ages, those who were left-handed were viewed as demonic or associated with witchcraft. Many famous artists and musicians throughout time were first taught to use their right hand because it was seen as inferior to use the left. 

Even the English word ‘left’ has a negative connotation and originates from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’, which means weak or broken.

However, history has proved opposite, as lefties are everything but what the original name means. 

So, as we celebrate International Left-Handers Day, take time to recognize some of the struggle’s lefties have had to endure, albeit in the form of scissors and upside-down measuring tape, remembering we are living in a world designed for the right.

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