2008年12月26日金曜日

How I've worked to develop left handedness

I'm ambidextrous, but I wasn't actually born that way. I was born a normally right handed guy. But about a few months ago (around the same time I started Japanese) I decided I wanted to be able to use my left hand as well as my right. I'm now able use my left hand to do pretty much whatever I want. Even if I'm not very good, it still feels as natural to use my left hand as it does my right.

How it began
Learning to use my left hand as been an off and on project for a while. For a while I had switched my computer mouse to left handed, but that was it. Getting good at using the mouse, however, was a good confidence booster. Soon I decided to switch everything I do to left handed. The real trick was to do take all the little things I did throughout the day and do it with my left handed. For example, holding a soda can, pouring juice, using a fork/spoon, brushing my teeth, opening doors. All of these little things I do throughout the day accumulated to where it now feels completely natural to use my left hand for something.

Writing
I'll admit, my writing probably looks like a teenager's handwriting, which is actually pretty good since I never actually practiced it until a couple of days ago. Just getting used to my left hand and building up dexterity in other areas has made it easier to write, even without practice. But if I do try write a sentence, I actually feel the muscles in my arm start to hurt. This tells me the only reason I can't write very well is because I never practice it. If I practiced it everyday, I'd probably get better.

I also write in mirror text. I find it much, much more natural to write this way then normal left to right. I'll have to take a sample picture of my writing tomorrow.

Chopsticks
Amazingly, since I started Japanese (and eating Japanese food) around the same time I started my left handed project, I can use chopsticks better with my left hand then I can with my right hand. I guess this means we aren't born with an innate dexterity imbued into a single hand, it's simply a matter of practice.

1 件のコメント:

  1. Right now I have my mouse in my left hand, and my tablet pen in the right. I'm not sure which one is really my "true"dominant hand as I've been using both my entire life. It's a very unique experience, and a fun goal to work towards. It's also good for a laugh when you approach a door and try to figure out which hand you want to use when you open it.

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