I’m right-handed; about 90% of people are. I’ve heard it said that lefties tend to be a bit more artistic, but otherwise, their skills are about the same as the rest of us. I used to read that, on average, ambidextrous folks are not so much equally coordinated with both hands as they are equally UN-coordinated with both hands. The failure for the body to decide which hand is favored probably lessens the practice the normally chosen hand would get, lessening its eventual skill.
A lot of people don’t realize that if you’re right-handed, you’re usually also right-footed. When you scuff something with your foot, you’ll usually find yourself standing on your left foot and scuffing with your right foot. This is so true that most people have a slightly larger left foot from standing on it more. Needless to say, you’ll also tend to kick more naturally with your right foot. Four-footed animals tend to lead with the same foot all the time, unless they’re making a turn, I suspect people tend to start walking with the same foot, too, but I’ve never tried to watch for the habit.
We “righties” tend to be right-eyed also. It’s called “having a dominant right eye.” The way to test yourself is to extend your arm and point at something and then close your left eye. If you’re still on target, you’re right-eyed. If not, try it again and then close your right eye. If you’re still on target, you’re left-eyed. Being right-handed, but left-eyed can cause a need for extra practice in actions requiring good eye-hand coordination, such as sports and some types of manual labor. Also, when I was a kid, I had a friend who couldn’t shoot his rifle very well, and bent over the stock strangely when he sighted. I suggested that he close his left eye and his groups tightened right up impressively. He was ecstatic. It turned out that, though he shot right-handed, he was left-eyed.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed something else; most righties sleep mostly on their left side. I don’t know if our bodies naturally have that tendency, or if it’s a subconscious attempt to keep our most coordinated hand more available to use in the night. That might be for such things as taking a drink or clicking the remote. I tend to think it’s more primal, as in grabbing a spear to repel the saber-tooth tiger lurking around the cave entrance.
Sleeping mostly on one side may come with an ill-affect, though, too. I can base it only on the experience of myself and my wife, but her cancer was on her left side, and thus her Lymphedema is also. After too many years of sitting at my work, I developed edema in my left leg. I suspect it’s due to blood and lymphatic fluids tending to pool in the lowest part of the body, BOTH feet through the day, but only the left at night. I suspect there’s much to learn about this subject, but I doubt if there’s any money to be made at it, so I don’t look for effort to research the matter.
Just something that crossed my mind while snowed in at the cabin another day! © 2014