As a child I was forced by my parents to write with my right hand and to function as a righthander but at the age of 15 I taught myself lefthanded writing and other lefthanded things. For 35 years I wrote lefthanded and two years ago I changed again to righthanded writing because I have a slight handicap with my left hand now and therefore I can’t write long texts anymore with my left hand. But with writing short messages I am still completely ambidextrous. Genetically of course I am lefthander.
As a teenager I was interested in writing with my weak (left) hand. I was at the time wanting to be an actor and I heard Marlon Brando had made a practice of doing things “wrong-handedly” to make him more versatile and more attuned to other peoples’ experience. It caught on with me and I still to this day can write well left handed, although the only time I use it is if I am teaching and want to continue facing the class while I stand to the left of the whiteboard.
Dooo, so you would also be capable of making an ambidextrous handwriting video, I assume. But, if so many people make such videos, it would no longer be so interesting to watch. I am curious to get a feedback from “Anything Lefthanded” (UK) on my ambidextous handwriting video.
Thank you for the demonstration, Fasulye. Yes, in Germany the pressure on children to be right-handed was great until quite recently. I am glad you were able to develop your ability relatively early on. Well done! I only discovered my left-handedness when I was well into my fifties and although I now have a preference for my left side, am not very skilled with the left hand.
I had a biology teacher at school who was able to write with both hands, too. Same story, he was born left-handed, but his parents forced him to write with his right hand.
I will always remember him standing in front of the blackboard, two pieces of chalk in his hands (mostly of two different colors) and writing at a frightening speed, changing from one hand to the other all the time We all had trouble to keep up with him…
Very interesting stories and experiences, Sanne and Kathi! Yes, I am also one of the generations in Germany (born in 1961) when lefthandedness was discriminated and especially lefthanded writing was not allowed. But in my later school years (ages 15-19) the teachers didn’t bother when I used my school tasks to practise lefthanded writing. So I have been more lucky than Sanne who only could enjoy lefthandedness later in her life. I would like to watch this biology teacher with his ambidextrous writing skills as well. This would make a good You Tube video!
Well done, Fasulye.
In my late teens a broken bone in my right hand required a cast for six weeks. A natural righthander, I was forced by the cast to do a lot of things such as writing and eating lefthanded. I never did get the hang of writing lefthanded, but I was able to learn to eat lefthanded rather easily. In fact, my only claim to fame in the world (pathetic though the claim may be) is that I can eat with chopsticks both righthanded and lefthanded.
Even better, I can use a computer mouse with either hand. Very convenient, allowing my right hand free to write notes, etc.
Don, interesting post of a righthander with some ambidextrous skills! On computers of other people sometimes the mouse-cable is too short for lefthanded usage, so I have to have ambidextrous mouse - skills as a lefthander. Also in some internet cafés lefthanded mouse-usage is not possible, so I have to rely on my ambidextrous skills there as well sometimes. But the ambidextrous usage of chopsticks seems to be quite impressive! I use chopsticks lefthanded but now I have become curious whether I can do this with my right hand as well. My promise: I am going to try it!
I’ve tried it all, scissors, chopsticks, can openers, racket sports, martial arts, computer mouse. The only thing I do particularly bad with my left hand is writing (I’ve tried that too), and playing musical instruments “the opposite way”.
@Fasulye - I am going to try it!
Good luck with the chopsticks.
I have to laugh at myself. As soon as I saw your post, I jumped up, found a pair of scissors and tried cutting a piece of paper lefthanded. The result was slower, but more accurate, and, overall, acceptable. Are there jobs for strictly lefthanded scissor-cutters, I wonder?
And you know, sometimes, sitting at the left end of a crowded table in a restaurant, being able to eat lefthanded can be a definite advantage.
I am very delighted to read that also righthanded people see a real usefulness in ambidextrous manual skills and are proud of being able to use sevaral tools lefthanded. I think that this is a very good development towards a better reputation of lefthandedness / ambidexterity. I have also received such positive feedback on You Tube and I am very happy to read such experiences from others.