Life as a lefty isn't always easy. If you're right-handed, imagine living in a place where every single item you use on a daily basis was upside down. Yes, you'd get used to it over time and adjust to it, but that's how it can feel for lefties living in a right-handed world. Obviously, it's different for every lefty, but there are some things we all agree are harder than they should be. I've been wanting to scrap about life as a lefty for a long time. There's no better time than today, International Left-Handers' Day, to share the layout I made.
I knew that journaling would be the main focus of my layout, but I was stumped about what picture to include. The answer, when it came to me, was obvious - a picture of my own left hand. I picked up my camera (with my right hand, of course, since that's the side with the wrist strap and shutter button on every camera in the world). Then I brainstormed my biggest challenges and frustrations about being left handed.
- there's always ink all over the side of your hand
- spiral notebooks and 3-ring binders are difficult to use
- you have to hold 'normal' scissors upside down
- ballpoint pens don't work well when you push vs. pull
- power tool safety switches are on the right
- corkscrews turn the wrong way
- loaner bowling balls are always drilled for right-handers
- you're constantly bumping elbows at meals
- left-handed chainsaws don't exist
- it's impossible to use a right-handed desk comfortably
- can openers are difficult to use
- PE classes never had any/enough left-handed equipment
- the cords on credit card machines are too short
- mugs and measuring cups are backward
- everything is the opposite of what feels natural
I wrote each item on a strip of paper, added a title, and embellished with some simple doilies I rubbed with colorful chalk.
Happy International Left-Handers' Day to all my fellow lefties!