Up until a few months ago, I had no idea that there was a special day for left-handed people like me but I’m very happy that there is! We’ve earned it!
We’ve earned this day for every time a teacher told us we were doing something wrong because we were using our left hand instead of our right.
We’ve earned this day for every hand cramp that we ever got while trying to answer an essay question in school.
We’ve earned this day for every time someone told us that we were tying our shoe laces the wrong way.
We’ve earned this day for every time that we’ve had to listen to someone make a snide remark about not being able to read our hand-writing.
We’ve earned this day for every time we’ve been called clumsy just because we dropped a tool that wasn’t made with us in mind.
In many countries across the world, left-handed children are still forced to learn how to write with their right hand.
Meanwhile, “a left-handed compliment” is still used to describe an insincere comment and, in some communities, being left-handed is still associated with somehow being evil or untrustworthy.
Today is the day that we remind the right-handed world that at least seven U.S. President were left-handed. Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey are both left-handed. Even more importantly, Mozart, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix were all one of us too. That’s right. JIMI HENDRIX!
To all of my left-handed brothers and sisters, this our day!
Of course, every day is actually our day whether the righties realize it or not.
Happy International Left-Handers Day!