a world without left handed people wouldn’t be right, by DC
This article was written for yooou! by 17-year-old, DC.
Hey there! I’m here to offer a personal take on what it’s like to be left handed. Unless you ARE a lefty, most people don’t realize that many basic everyday items aren’t really made for us.
When I was younger, cutting a straight line with scissors seemed to take forever, writing a sentence without smudging or smearing the ink across the paper was a rare occurrence, and my attempt to open a can with a manual can opener was like solving a rubix cube. All that aside, I know that I can confidently say that I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I take being left handed as being positively unique.
We might have to buy special scissors and can openers, but being left handed as an athlete has provided me with an incredible sense of individuality. I still to this day remember my first basketball game where the opposing team’s coach came up to me after the game and said “you’re lucky to be a lefty, it’s tricky to defend and keeps everyone on their toes!” Being a left-handed player always seemed to spark the eyes of my own coaches too, and added another dimension to the team strategy and our playbooks.
When I think about it, being left handed has been a significant attribute to my passion for playing sports, and has pushed me to work harder on the field and on the court to help my team succeed.
Most importantly, reflecting on my experience being left handed has taught me to be resilient. No matter how long it took to cut that straight line in kindergarten, I found a way!
It was what ignited my strong work ethic and passion for playing sports. This unique quality taught me the importance of embracing differences, because those are the things that shape you and teach you incredible and important life lessons that you will use for the rest of your life! Someone once told me that “a world without left handed people wouldn’t be right” (C.R. Manske), and I couldn’t agree more. Embrace your differences because I bet when you look back, you’ll realize their positive impacts that shape the person you are today.