On a whim, I started Googling around for “left handedness.” I found that there are actually entire stores that sell everyday products redesigned for left-handed use. I even found that there is an international holiday for left-handedness, celebrated on August 13th since 1976.
I can’t say that I’ve ever found left-handedness to be so debilitating that it hindered my ability to complete any given task. I’ve always been able to adapt by either finding a way to use right-handed tools with my left hand or just using my right hand the best I can. What’s most interesting to me is that I don’t ever realize that I’m adapting – I just pick up a pair of scissors and use them. I certainly can’t justify spending $30 on a pair of left-handed scissors or $75 on a left-handed keyboard.
Approximately 15% of the world’s population is left-handed. To quote from one left-hander’s website:
Being left-handed… gives me a razor-thin view of what it’s like to be a minority. As a left-hander, I’m discriminated against all the time. Not for serious things: I am not denied housing, medical care, a job, a seat on the bus. But I experience anti-lefty bias in the form of school desks that are unusable, carrot peelers that are useless, power tools (such as skill saws) that are dangerous or even life-threatening, pens that smear and make my writing illegible, computer mice that cause hand cramps.
It’s absolutely astounding how many of our modern-day tools are designed for right-handed people. Most of them don’t expressly discourage use by left-handers, but they are ergonomically optimized for right-handers.
At least I can always fall back on the old aphorism: Only left-handed people are in their right minds.