A left hander's view on a mostly right world.
Only 10 per cent of the world are left handers, but the rest of you guys are all right. All pun intended.
While there's nothing wrong with being on the other side of the fence, no one can truly understand what left handers go through to survive in this right-dominated world.
From a left handed person, here are the five things you might relate to if you're left handed.
1. The smudge of doom
Left handers would be more than familiar with this one. You finish a 1,000-word essay in pencil, only to realise that the moment you lift your hand, you've got half of your work on the side of your hand, and possibly on your arm too.
THE WORST PART IS TRYING TO GET THE SMUDGE OFF.
That's not all. The silver finish of lead on your arm is the least of your concerns. Your teacher might not understand how much work went into your essay, since it has now become a work of smudged art.
With that, you're left with ballpoint pens and having to spend that bit of extra time to wait for your ink to dry before you can continue writing.
2. Left for dead by gaming technology
Yes, I'm looking at you Nintendo, and other handheld gaming devices. Don't think I didn't see what you did? You placed the joystick on the left, the same side for us to hold the stylus.
How am I going to pet my NintenDog when I'm trying to move around?
HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO ENJOY THE FULL EXPERIENCE OF THE GAME?
We all hope for a day where we will be able to use these handheld game devices as they were intended: with both hands.
3. The pain of spiral notebooks
If you're right handed, writing on spiral notebooks is easy. You can start writing from the start of the spine till the edges of the page with your pen, it's never an issue.
On the other hand, left handers are always left with an inch of wasted space on their notebooks because they have to account for their left hand when they start writing.
ALL THAT WASTED SPACE JUST BECAUSE WE'RE LEFT HANDED.
As if the wasted space wasn't bad enough, trying to write on the right side of the book often places you in an awkward position. You'd have to squeeze your hand as close to the spine as possible to save some space on your precious notebook.
4. The elbow problem
The end of the table is a familiar sight to any left hander.
THE CORNER IS ALWAYS THE COSIEST ANYWAY.
Unless you have the privilege of sitting with another table of left handers, you tend to be relegated to the corner of the table, so that you do not bump your elbows repeatedly with the right hander next to you.
This makes us miss out on some conversations happening at the table, but at least we get some privacy with our food.
This is just one of the many sacrifices we left handers go through to survive in this right handed world.
5. Independent learning feels just right
It's not easy to pick up basic skills like holding chopsticks or learning to write without having someone to teach you.
With the limited number of left handers in the world, learning how to do these tasks as a child required plenty of watching and interpreting. After all, we often had to translate what was done by a right handed person for a southpaw.
AS A LEFT HANDER, I HAD TO READ A BOOK ON HOW TO USE CHOPSTICKS.
While we have our struggles, it's nice to know that us lefties are a rare breed.