Do You Know Any Left Handers?

Yesterday was Left Handers Day – one of those fun holidays that help us to celebrate our differences as humans.  I am not left-handed, however I was raised in a family with two left handed parents and a sister (younger) that also turned out to be left handed! When I was young and being taught to tie my shoes, my mother thought something was wrong with me because I just did not understand out to tie.  She was lamenting her concerns to my grandmother, her mother, and my grandmother realized that I was being shown how to tie backwards – a left handed adult, showing a right-handed child how to tie shoes.   This does not work any better than a right handed person showing a left handed child how to perform the simple tasks of daily life.  Once my grandmother showed me, I was able to tie without much more difficulty! My grandmother, an accomplished seamstress, was right-handed. Ahhhh!  Although I do not remember (I was not damaged for life), I am sure it felt good to be shown the way I could be successful at performing this necessary pre-kindergarten task.

Today, although very dominantly right-handed, I have some very definite traits associated with lefties! I am creative. Although it took me more than three-quarters of my life to realize this, it is a fact that I now recognize and can be recognized by others.  Left-handers have a right brain dominance and this makes them more creative, visual thinkers with a broad capacity for imagination, emotional expression, and spatial awareness.  Left handers make great artists, musicians, and leaders due to the ability to tap into the right side of the brain.  See this page at for more.


I seem to be surrounded by many left-handed people. It makes me wonder why that is. Am I drawn to this particular type of person through their personality or abilities? Does being associated with many left handers bring out my own creative capacities? My husband is left handed but like many lefties, is ambidextrous for many life tasks or hobbies.  He writes and draws with his left hand, plays tennis with his left hand, but throws, bowls, and plays ping-pong using his right hand dominantly.  He was raised by two right-handed parents. Our boys are all right handed. All three are very creative, as is my husband.


All I know is that it is definitely a right-handed world and in it I have many left-handed friends and family members. Maybe I was meant to be left handed. I really do not think so, but given that I was the oddity in my family of lefties, it is surprising that I am so dominantly right handed.

Are there not just as many, or more, famous and accomplished people who are right-handed? Probably so. But, since there are fewer lefties in the populace – only about 13%,  it makes their accomplishments stand out even more! Some famous left handers include:

  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • MC Escher
  • Michelangelo
  • Leonardo de Vinci
  • Cole Porter
  • Paul McCartney
  • Sting
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Steve Forbes
  • Bill Gates
  • Steve Jobs
  • Mark Zuckerburg
  • Barack Obama
  • Gerald Ford
  • Bill Clinton
  • George H.W. Bush
  • Ronald Reagan


Who do you know that is left-handed? Do they have any stories having to do with their handedness while growing up?  Are they exceptionally creative? You will not know unless you ask! All I know is that all of the lefties I know have something special about them.  I am glad I am part of their world – even if it is only by association and my ability to create!

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