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How do all of you ‘righties’ do it?

By Staff | Mar 30, 2014

Rotator cuff surgery last week is forcing me to be right handed for the next few weeks.

After a lifetime of being a south paw, using my right hand seems extremely awkward. It is definitely a struggle.

To be honest, I have already learned to do many things right handed over the years.

For instance, I can bat and play golf right and left handed. I seem to have more power left handed, but more accuracy right handed.

I started out golfing left handed many years ago, but after a few years I switched to right handed.

It is the opposite for playing the bass guitar. I learned it right handed, but left handed is much more natural for me.

Being left handed is a struggle for me and the other 10 percent of the population who were allowed by their parents and teachers to keep using the hand they naturally wanted to use.

My fellow lefty Skip Schimek of Blue Earth, says everyone is born left handed, but most get trained to be right handed.

That is because the world is made for righties.

For instance, can openers, door knobs, zippers, scissors, spiral and three-ring notebooks, student desks and a computer mouse, just to mention a few things, are all made for right-handed people. The list is long, very long.

One day each year, the lefties of the world celebrate their uniqueness. On August 13, the south paws have Left-Handers Day. I am not sure exactly how it is celebrated, but I assume everyone shakes hands left handed.

When I was a child, there was a stigma attached to being left handed. We lefties were thought to be more clumsy and slower mentally than righties. In fact, many people said lefties were more prone to mental illness, such as schizophrenia.

Actually, I think the opposite is true. Left handed people are more intelligent than righties.

OK, I have no data to back that statement up.

But I do think lefties are often more gifted artistically than righties. And, there is some data to back up that statement. There are so many famous artists and actors who are left handed. The list is very long, from Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci to Robert Redford, Carol Burnett, George Burns, Marilyn Monroe, Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Cary Grant even Kermit the Frog and hundreds more.

Plus, I think the statistics prove left handed people are more capable of being president of the United States.

At last, five of the last seven presidents have been south paws. Since only 10 percent of the population is left handed, this is an astounding fact.

Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are all lefties.

So are dozens and dozens of other famous folks, including many artists, writers and actors.

But for the next month or two I will be leaving the brotherhood of the south paws and joining the ‘normal’ world, the world created for the right handed.

I have to admit it is easier to open a door.

But, for the rest of it, I’d rather be left than right.