I was eating lunch with my co-worker at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. He kept staring down at my plate, and finally I spoke up, “What are you staring at?”
He replied, “You eat with both hands?”
I thought for a little bit and responded, “Yes. Is that weird or something?”
“Oh, no” My co-worker said.
Is it Weird Being Left Handed?
I’m not sure if being left-handed is in my family or not. My half-brother is left handed, but other than that, I can’t think of anybody else in my family like that.
But I’m not left handed. My dominant hand is my right. Yet, I do a lot of tasks with my left hand. It could partially be due to me breaking my right arm when I was younger.
The Secret of Ambidexterity
According to Wikipedia, it is rare to be born ambidextrous. However, ambidexterity can be learned.
The secret is to try to perform a task that you do with your right hand the same with your left. The trickiest thing I’ve learned is using chopsticks, which some people can’t even do right-handed.
Go Left for a Day
Try these things for a day with your non-dominant hand:
- Try eating.
- Use chopsticks.
- Shake someone’s hand.
- Buy groceries.
- Push a shopping cart.
- Hold a cell phone.
- Wave at someone.
- Put on your shoes.
- Throw a baseball.
- Anything else you can think of.
Are you up to the challenge?