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My Struggles With Being Left Handed - Shreya Sachdev

Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a great day. For today's blog post, I wanted to talk about my struggles with being left handed. I don't think that this is something I've ever mentioned on my website, but yes I am left handed. I do want to point out that I don't think that my life is exactly a "challenge" due to the fact that I'm left handed, but there's no doubt that the world has been built for right handed people and that most materials and objects that are used by people in their day to day lives have been created for right handed people. As a result, it's a lot more difficult for people who are left handed to use these objects and this can result in serious struggles when it comes to aspects such as school, for example. I'm more than confident that anyone who is left handed can relate to the struggles that I will be talking about in this blog post, so if you're left handed then make sure to give this post a like! Obviously with your left hand! Let's get into it.

First of all, I wouldn't exactly call this a struggle, but I will still say that this particular thing can get extremely annoying and irritating, and that's the amount of questions that people ask when they figure out that I'm left handed or see me writing with my left hand. Just recently, I was signing my name on a card that my class had made for one of our teachers and as I was writing my name, the person standing next to me goes "Wow, you're left handed?" I know that even though this was an innocent and harmless question, I genuinely just don't know how to respond to such questions and I end up feeling so awkward. I can't help that I'm left handed and I also don't know why I'm left handed. It's just the way I am and I don't find being left handed to be a very big deal so when people are surprised or shocked by the way I write, I genuinely just don't know how to respond and it results in a very uncomfortable situation. It's not just people who ask me whether or not I'm left handed, but often people will also say "How do you write with your left hand?" or "How do you eat with your left hand?" and I again just don't know what to say. Everyone who is left handed will agree with me when I say that being left handed is something that's just natural and something that one doesn't think twice about. That's why when people ask me these questions, I genuinely want to respond with "I just do." That's not me trying to be rude, but it's the most honest answer. 

Secondly, one of the most common struggles that I have had to live through during middle school and high school with being a left handed student was when tests and exams came. Because I am left handed, when I would write my answers, the ink from the pen I was using would always get on my hand and my writing would smudge all over the paper due to the fact that my arm was resting on my writing. I was basically forced to try and lift up my arm as I wrote my answers and this of course was not only extremely uncomfortable, but also very stressful when being in an exam condition. If the ink is being smeared all over the paper I'm going to hand in, then I obviously worry about whether or not my teacher is going to be able to read my answer or not. The ink would not only smudge all over the paper due to my arm resting on it, but the ink would also smudge all over my hand and that would get extremely annoying. Due to this, I’ve even tried forcing myself to write with my right hand and to become ambidextrous but it’s a lot harder than one might think. Another struggle that people may not immediately understand is that left handed people have difficulties with very simple things. For example, using scissors can be quite challenging. Despite left handed scissors existing, it's still quite difficult to find them and the majority of scissors that are available are definitely for right handed people. It can be quite hard to cut a piece of paper straight or to cut at all. I always see people that are able to cut perfectly and make everything they are cutting extremely neat, but I just can't be like them. Even my second grade teacher would tell my parents that I need to work on cutting paper in a straight manner without understanding that these things are naturally more difficult for left handed people. Similarly, I think that opening bottles is much harder for left handed people. I’m not sure why, but it just is.

Lastly, I’m a bit hesitant to mention this but I have heard that “left handed people are more creative” and this is definitely true for me. This is not a struggle at all, but rather a blessing because I love being creative and being able to write different kinds of stories. I don’t want to say that all left handed people are more creative than right handed people, since I’m pretty sure that this is just a theory, but in my situation I have always found myself to be stronger in subjects such as English, Film, or Creative Writing, as opposed to Mathematics or Science. As a result, I’ve always found those subjects to be a big challenge and I’ve never gotten very good grades in them, especially in middle school and high school. Again, I do want to say that I’m not sure if this specific to all left handed people since I do know left handed people that excel in subjects such as Mathematics and Science. I do think that most left handed people, however, learn differently than right handed people and it takes more time for left handed people to understand why they’re not understanding certain concepts like right handed people are. It all has to do with the way that one is learning and perhaps certain methods of studying work better for left handed people than right handed people. There we go! Those are some of the struggles I’ve experienced with being a left handed person. Again, I don’t think that my life is necessarily a challenge due to the fact that I’m left handed, but I think it’s interesting to be a left handed person in a world that is made for right handed people. In some ways, being left handed is more exciting since it’s different and it’s special. Like I said above, I’m so grateful to have the gift of creativity and writing because that’s where my passion lies, and maybe if I wasn’t a left handed then I wouldn’t have those gifts and my life would essentially lose its meaning. If you are a left handed person, make sure to let me know what your struggles with being left handed are and also what you love about being left handed! If you enjoyed today’s blog post, then make sure to like this post and stay tuned for the next one.

Shreya Sachdev