I was born predominantly left-handed. This was revealed in my kindergarten years when I started to hold pencils and write with my left hand. Unfortunately, most Chinese in the past regarded the use of the left hand as plain wrong. One reason for this is the belief that when a person uses the left hand to hold a pair of chopsticks, she threatens the harmony at the – usually round – dining table, as that person would be ‘fighting’ her neighbour to her left, who would likely be wielding the utensils with the right hand.
And so my babysitter sought to correct me; with the approval of my parents, I believe. I cannot remember what she did exactly, although I vaguely recall threats. The coercion obviously succeeded because I now write with my right hand…not beautifully but adeptly, certainly. ;) Even so, I am able to write with my left hand, despite seldom writing with it. I was even able to use it to good effect in History exams when my right hand was plain worn out discharging precious words in essays (albeit not as neatly as with the right)!
I maintain that I’m a little scatter-brained, thanks to this screwing up of my mental mechanisms. So forgive me, if I seem lost and unfocused at times. :D
Nevertheless, I’ve always viewed being ambidextrous as somewhat of a blessing. I’m able to do most things well with both hands and makeup application-wise, being ambidextrous is an advantage – I do not need to rely on one hand to line my eyes or hold an eyeshadow brush at an unwieldy angle to do ‘the other eye’.
That said, I’m sure there are many of you who are non-ambidextrous but manage just fine, either with one hand or have adapted to using both hands. For this, I admire you!
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