I am born left handed. I do basically everything in my daily life with my left hand.
But it seems that the percentage of left handed people in this world is a mere 11%.
So obviously, most of the things we use are created to fit right handed people.
In this article, I would like to introduce some things that I feel tough for a southpaw in our daily lives.
You’ll understand if you actually try it. 6 occasions when it is tough to be left handed
- Opening a water faucet
- The ticket gate at a train station
- The direction chop sticks are placed
- Holding a pen
- A vending machine
１．Opening a water faucet
When you wake up and wanna wash your face, you turn the faucet to get water.
If the faucet is on the top side there is no problem, but if it’s like the one below, you have to sadly give up using your left hand.
Although you have to use your right hand, we gently hearted left handers are pretty used to this procedure, so it’s not so big of a problem.
２．The ticket gate at a train station
Many Japanese people use the ticket gate at the train station everyday. This machine is made so that the entrance of the ticket is on the right side of you, so it is very uncomfortable to use your left hand to put the ticket in the slot.
It is especially very irritating during rush hour, when one mistake can create a long line of angry people behind you.
Recently, transportation IC cards such as “PASMO” and “SUICA” have made it able for us to quickly touch and go through the gate, but since this machine is also created for right handers, it still is something unkind to left handers.
３．The direction chop sticks are placed
Like the photo above, the direction of chop sticks are placed so that it is easy for right handers to hold them.
Of course, since the majority of the population is right handed, it’s quite understandable that chopsticks have to face this way.
But no less, it’s still is pretty discomforting.
Adding to that, the soy sauce dip dish is also placed where it is easy for right handers to access, so we left handers have to silently move it where it is easy for us to use.
４．Holding a pen
Seen from a right hander, have you ever felt that the posture of a left hander when he or she writes looks kind of awkward?
There’s actually a reason for this.
If your writing Japanese vertically there’s no problem, but if you have to right Japanese horizontally, or numbers or English you have to write from right to left, making your’e left hand cover up what you just wrote.
Therefore, some left handers write in a form where they curl up their left hand to be able to see what they are writing.
As so, left handers have to make many adjustments just to be able to study properly.
５．A vending machine
Next, I would like to introduce the vending machine.
Japanese has extremely a lot of vending machines placed in town.
I myself forgot that this was actually awkward because I’ve had so many occasions doing it, but the slot to put in coins and bill is placed on the “right side” of the vending machine.
For left handers to put in money with their left hands, they must twist their bodies.
On the contrary, right handers are able to do the same thing with their body straight.
That means that left handers either have to use money with their inexperienced right hand, or apply stress to their body in order to get a drink!
Concerning baseball, there are times when left handers have and advantage (at last!).
- Since the majority of pitchers are right handed, a left handed pitch feels awkward for the hitter, making it difficult to hit the ball.
- The left batter box is closer to the first base compared to the right batter box.
- It is alot easier to do a pick off throw to the first base if you are left handed.
But sadly, we have to admit that in the end baseball is a sport where right handers have the advantage.
The reason is that since in baseball the hitter runs counter clockwise from first base to home, so with the exception of the first base infielder, all other infielders have to throw with their right hand, or else they will have a big disadvantage.
If you catch a grounder and throw it to first base, a right hander can easily throw it to first base, but a left hander will have to turn their body towards first base before they throw it.
Therefore, the timing that they can throw the ball becomes one movement more compared to a right hander.
Thus, the positions that a left hander can normally be placed are limited to
- First base
Although left handers are appreciated, since they can only shine in limited places, it is difficult to use them.
Although I explained in the beginning that the percentage of left handers in the world’s population is 11%, the percentage of left handers in Japan is 12%, larger than the world average.
There were many cases in the past where left handed kids were forced to become right handed, but since negative effects have been found numerously when trying to forcefully change dominant hands, left handers have been kept as they are globally.
There are stories that say left handers have a strong right brain, and that there are many left handed geniuses. These stories give us left handers courage and make us feel positive about how we were born. Although there are some small troubles for us in our everyday lives, we hope we can continue to enjoy battling them and feel that it’s not a hassle, but a privilege.
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