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The woes and triumphs of a left-hander

Me in all my left-handed glory (Photo taken with an iPhone front camera, flipping the picture) Me in all my left-handed glory (Photo taken with an iPhone front camera, flipping the picture)
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All my life I've faced the challenges left-handedness brings.

In middle school, my teacher liked to have us write sentences on a whiteboard. While my peers scribed straight, smudge-free lines, my crooked sentences left my head hanging in defeat.

How about finding the one left-handed desk in a classroom full of arm rests on the right side? It's stressful.

The constant ink/lead/marker mess on your hand. Can openers. Scoping out seating arrangements at the dinner table. No lefty gloves in gym class. I could go on and on and on.

But then, I discovered International Left-Handers Day. That's right, a day that's designated for lefties to celebrate their "uniqueness," if you will.

According to lefthandersday.com, August 13 marks the 23rd annual International Left-Handers Day, an opportunity to increase public awareness of the "struggles left-handers are forced to deal with on a day-to-day basis."

I started reading all the #LeftHandersDay tweets, and suddenly, I didn't feel so alone in this predominantly right-handed world. In fact, I started to recognize the triumphs in left-handed living.

Batters hit better when facing an opposite-hand pitcher (There are more right-handers in baseball). 

We've got some good company, including Jimi Hendrix, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Bill Gates and FOX19 Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer.

Wedding rings are worn on the left hand <3 

And lastly, there is a special day just for us!

So happy Left-Handers Day to all my southpaws. Don't fight it, embrace it.

-Kelly Taylor, FOX19 Digital Content Producer

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