Hi, I’m Chloe, a forty-something gal who happens to be a mother, sister, and aunt of left-handers. Their struggles with some of the simplest tasks have inspired me to launch this website.
From elbow wars to cutting just about anything, to measuring stuff, to accidentally opening the metro gate for someone else at the ticket barrier, to just finding a comfortable desk position, my southpaw family members have struggled in and adapted to a world built for right-handers.
Some parts of the world still consider using your left hand “bad manners”, “unclean”, or even a “bad omen”. Well, I consider lefties as special. OK, considering that about 10% of the world’s population is made up of left-handers, they may not be THAT special. However, quite a large percentage of famous people are lefties, so there must be something to it.
Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Neil Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Napoleon Bonaparte, Bill Gates, Charlie Chaplin, Lewis Carroll, Joan of Arc, Babe Ruth, Sachin Tendulkar, Helen Keller, Mozart, and many more were or are lefties. Some of these people used their left hands for most things but many were forced to switch to their right hand just because they couldn’t find tools and instruments that could be used with their left hands.
Of course, not everything has to be a disadvantage. It’s well known that southpaws in various sports have the upper hand (pun intended) because their right-handed opponents haven’t competed or practiced much against left-handers.
Once my daughter came along I began looking for tips on overcoming common lefty problems and hunting for true left-handed products. I found it to be a frustrating experience initially. There is a lot of vague and often false information out there. Things like scissors are often falsely labeled as left-handed or there are just no left-handed versions of some products available in physical stores.
This is where the idea for Living With Lefty came from. While becoming more experienced living with lefties, I’ve unearthed a lot of useful information and true left-handed products to help make the lives of lefties a little easier. Now I want to share my knowledge with you. I won’t recommend anything that I wouldn’t get for my own lefty loved ones, and my product reviews and articles will be unbiased and based on experience and lots of thorough research. The only people helping me will be lefties.
If you or a friend or family member is a lefty, I hope you will find this resource helpful and good enough to share with others. You’re more than welcome to comment or ask questions on any article or you can contact me here and I’ll be happy to help or even just commiserate!