Why Yes, National Left Handers Day Is A Thing
So here we are, August 13th, and there are many "National Holidays" today. It's National Prosecco Day, It's National Filet Mignon Day.... Also many great things happened on this date in history such as the first woman enlisted in the Marines 100 years ago in 1918, the TV show South Park made it's debut, and Mickey Mantle died on this day in 1995.
There's tons of left handed celebrities too. Such as Paul McCartney, Oprah, Mark Hamill, Tom Cruise, and Prince Charles. And honestly, I could go on forever. Not bad for a group that only makes up 12% of the whole population.
But in my world, today is super exciting in a way that kinda trumps all those things. It's National Left Handers Day! If that doesn't mean much to you, it's likely because you're right handed. And I kinda feel sorry for you. You don't get your own special day. Granted, there's less of us than there are of you, so in this day and age of constant inclusion, we get our own special day. Granted, it's kinda like a second place trophy, but hey, it's all ours.
Let me just share some reasons why it's awesome to be a lefty, according to LeftyFretz.com:
- Better at 3D perception and thinking
- Better at multi-tasking
- Use the right side of the brain the most
And a couple reasons why maybe it isn't awesome to be a lefty, but fascinating nonetheless:
- Make up roughly 12% of the population
- More likely to have allergies
- More prone to migraines
- More likely to be insomniacs
And of course some sweet lefty trivia:
- Recover from strokes faster
- More likely to pursue creative careers
- Of the eight most recent U.S Presidents, 4 have been left handed
- Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right handed graduates
So as you go through your day today, get the lefties in your office or wherever to sound off, and then give them left handed high-fives. It'll be a refreshing change for them. Even though it'll be kind of a pain in the butt for you as a righty. And you know, we're ok with that....because every doorknob, pair of scissors, and video game joystick belongs to you.