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I Am Left Handed

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    The struggle is real.

    The whole language thing is against us lefties because whenever we write, whether we use a pencil or a pen, it gets all over the side of our hand. As lefties, we went through school with that stupid spiral in our spiral notebooks getting in our way. And don't even get me...
    anonandeveryone anonandeveryone 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 25, 2014

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    MrFoe MrFoe 13-15, M 3 Responses Oct 5, 2014

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    I Love Being Left Handed

    I love being a "South Paw."  I like the fact that I can still drive my car and have my hand on the gear shift while still be able to hold hands while driving down the road.  It allows me to bat left handed. Interestingly, the last great loves of my...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 22 Responses Apr 14, 2008

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    So is my dad and brother.

    My pop wad ambidextrous
    nicky242 nicky242 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 9, 2014

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    Yet when I was in primary school,

    my teachers, for about three years, tried to get me to right like the other 90% of this world. Unluckily for them, I was stubborn enough to continue being a leftie. Unluckily for me... INK STAINS. Gah.
    Lakanthian Lakanthian 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 14, 2014

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    Lefties Are Best !

    I am left handed. I am the only lefty in my family and I like it that way. When I was growing up , I had to sit in those old wooden desks that had the arms built into the desk. I never got a left handed desk and the rare times I had one, it felt awkward and I returned to a...
    DallasCowboysFan DallasCowboysFan 51-55, M 8 Responses May 27, 2013

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    What bugs me the most ,

    when I hear people saying some silly comments to me because of the way I write the " tick "
    TheSilentYell TheSilentYell 18-21 1 Response Apr 1

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    I remember when I was in elementary school.

    .. Some kids teased me saying the left hand was the hand of the Devil. Ah ha ha ha! They would say I was a demon or damned. They would try to make me become a right handed, but hell, you've got to admit that a right handed has such a hard technique to hold the pencil in their...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive 18-21, F 25 Responses Aug 13, 2014

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    Since wearing my hair little longer,

    I tent to wear it to the left side. I saw other left handed people doing the same. Seems right sliding is difficult. Who agrees to go left with their hair?
    Timbotha Timbotha 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 17, 2014

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    Growing up in the 80's in the UK,

    I experienced something which would be unthinkable now. Looking back, I'm quite angry about it. At school, as a leftie, I obviously used my left hand to write. This was never a problem. However when it came to school dinners, the dinner ladies would always slap my hands (and...
    EarthWalkerMan EarthWalkerMan 31-35, M 5 Responses Apr 1

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    My teachers always laugh at my scissor using

    and also there is the thing when you write for example an essay and when you're done you realise you've completely smudged it with you hand..
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 19, 2014

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    Since I was a kid, I used to adjust my

    positioning to write since the schools I attended were packed/over-crowded and also re-adjust to use right-handed tools. I can write in normal angle to almost 90 degree position(slower a bit). I can't write the same handwriting nor have sign the same signatures. I navigate with...
    eclipxelow eclipxelow 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    Some people say that left handed people are

    good in arts. I guess I'm unfortunate because I suck at it.
    Ciem Ciem 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 8, 2014

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    I remember being the only leftie in

    kindergarden. The teachers would strap a coarse rubberband around my left hand and snap it each time I wrote with it. I remember crying just trying to write my name with my right hand.
    Seclusion Seclusion 22-25, M 5 Responses Oct 16, 2014

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    When I was younger, I used to be able to write

    with both hands! Then I started using my left hand more then my right hand, so it just became natural instinct.
    maddie91101 maddie91101 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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    My twin sister is right handed.

    That makes us "mirror" twins. In some places around the world, it not acceptable to be left handed and I have had complete strangers move things from my left hand to my right. This action was always followed by a frown or a smile depending on the person. I always smiled and...
    SweetMae SweetMae 61-65, F 7 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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    Left handed and proud.

    Chicken scratch and all. <3
    smallz23 smallz23 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 9, 2014

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    I'm actually more of a righty

    than lefty but i can write with both, slightly faster and more accurate with my right hand.
    XxPwningN3RD2xX XxPwningN3RD2xX 13-15, M 1 Response Apr 15

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    nicdewald88 nicdewald88 26-30, M 6 Responses Feb 27

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    The world is set up for right handed people.

    .. We lefties have to learn to fit in, consequently, We are usually very good problem solvers... I once worked in an Engineering group of 33 people, 12 were left handed. I love being left handed!
    bison6446 bison6446 56-60, M 10 Responses Dec 1, 2014

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    I have always been left handed dominantly.

    I can do five things with my right hand dominantly or really good... wash dishes, brush my teeth, brush my hair, wash my hair and cut my finger nails. I am also physically disabled. My physical disabilities include balance, finger dexterity, hand/eye coordination and slow...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 20, 2014

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    valprewater valprewater 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 21

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    savannaD14 savannaD14 13-15, F 8 Responses Mar 31

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    I am left handed ,but in somethings I am

    ambidextrous.I was very dyslexic as a child and most dislexics are left handed .
    nakednudist nakednudist 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 6

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    And I can't write with a pen without smearing

    ink all over the paper and my hand idk how the talented southpaws pull that off. Any tips?
    SapphicMinion SapphicMinion 26-30, F 5 Responses Oct 12, 2014

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    Should I Feel Special ?

    Well I do ... Lol :) I am not backwards , just special ....
    Suzi504 Suzi504 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 21, 2013

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    Awh I thought I was the only one lol I like

    being left handed. Everyone thinks it's cool. And people are jealous cause I write so good!
    Country00Girl Country00Girl 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 2, 2014

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    I learned to write sideways

    because I like writing in notepads and blank books. That's not so easy when they all open from right to left, until you get in the habit of writing sideways. It also avoids getting ink on the side of your hand from writing left to right. If I were in an Arabic lingua franca...
    hazelwoodd hazelwoodd 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 3, 2013

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    As a left handed female whos parents are

    both right handed I feel proud. Men are two times more likely to be left handed then women and two right handed couples only have a 2% chance of having a left handed kid while two lefty's only have a 50% chance. I am unique and damn proud of it. :)
    ImMatthewsGirl ImMatthewsGirl 18-21, F 3 Responses May 30, 2014

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    I'm left handed and some people think we're odd

    or evil but I'm Christian and most of my friends are right handed but i have more moral sense then they do.
    steeleo steeleo 16-17, M 3 Responses Sep 28, 2014

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    I put myself through college by waittressing

    and I was always surprised by how many people commented on my left handed writing.. Customers and such. I started telling people.. Oh, no.. This is a left handed pen. That's all we had in the back today. ;)
    mg75 mg75 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    Jambiana Jambiana 16-17, F May 14, 2014

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    Being left handed is awfully difficult

    when you're trying to eat a meal on the right side of a right handed person. We always end up hitting elbows!
    whitelight411 whitelight411 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 9, 2014

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    My youngest brother asked me

    if it feels weird to write with my left hand, I respond with "no, it feels weird to right with my right hand though" then he looks at me and says "oh, shut up lefty"
    MO513 MO513 13-15, M 3 Responses Jan 16

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    Look what happened to me today :O Me

    and my friend were training for 100m and he stepped on my hand with his track cleats. How am I going to write? Its going to get infected. Should I go to the doctor? Just to get the one in my knuckle glued? 
    ZacS9 ZacS9 16-17, M 3 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    based off experience

    or myth I am either intelligent to a high magnitude or cursed... hmmmm, both relate to me.
    Daivancey Daivancey 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 29

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    Someday, we, left-handed people,

    shall end the discrimination, dominate this world and rewrite history as we like! Mark my words, we have already started.
    Ansonicchi Ansonicchi 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 15, 2014

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    Being born a lefty is cool

    because we use our right hemisphere more often (I.e music, emotions, creative). Although we're more prone to injury and death earlier. Love being a lefty!
    ElSavior1993 ElSavior1993 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 24, 2014

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    GJOFJ3 GJOFJ3 56-60, M 5 Responses May 7, 2014

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    A substitue at my high school

    once asked me if i was right handed and exclaimed that its amazing that a leftie can right like a right handed person. :/
    Eve34 Eve34 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    I have always been left handed

    and somehow have the tendency to spot lefties even if they have not directly indicated their preference. I play piano and am strong in my right hand but I play bass and have no idea why people would consider what they call a lefty guitar as such. You would think your left hand...
    zen001 zen001 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 3

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    Lefty since birth. The way I use spoon

    and fork, my hand position in writing etc. except for the mouse. Being lefty is my asset. :)
    smjuap21 smjuap21 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 21, 2014

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    I write with my left hand,

    but it wasn't my natural instinct . I was force to write something when a person put me on my left hand. But I crayon on my right hand...
    562alex 562alex 18-21, M Jan 1

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    Why in 2015 is this such a big deal to people?

    ? I really don't get it..reach for a pen and it's like "WOW I didn't know you were left handed" "god I never know HOW you people WRITE like that" etc etc My standard response is "yep they luckily stopped throwing us into lakes to check for witch craft a few centuries back so HERE...
    Blondiex15 Blondiex15 36-40, F 39 Responses Feb 26

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    The world is not made

    for us lefty's! Writing on a paper pad with an ink pen leads to disaster of the smudging kind and a dirty inky splodge on the outside of your palm leading from the pinky down to your wrist. Such a cruel world! Also back when you were at Primary school (or Elementary school to...
    tartanhero tartanhero 26-30, M 8 Responses Jun 28, 2014

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    I'm A Lefty But Do Sports Right Handed.

    I've always been left handed it is annoying I admit. Sitting next to people in school right handed bumping into each other. I can be the only lefty in my class it's so odd. Makes me feel special is that weird?? I do catering and everyone says " I can't watch left handed people...
    lela201465 lela201465 16-17, F 4 Responses Jul 10, 2014

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