Despite stigmas once associated with being left-handed, society has now concluded that lefties are often creative geniuses whose great minds think far ahead of their time.
On Left-Handers Day, observed annually on August 13, one in ten individuals may rejoice, you’re in good company. Some of the most prominent names in history were left-handed. Shame on those old-school nuns who claimed that left-handed pupils were influenced by the devil, and constantly whacked them with rulers.
While many scientists have sparked a flame or two in their laboratories, Albert Einstein was no devil. The left-handed genius introduced the theories of relativity. Isaac Newton, another lefty, developed theories of gravity, and Benjamin Franklin was a brilliant political philosopher, writer, scientist and inventor.
Two left-handers – Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, respectively, created the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man, the Pieta sculpture, and the mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Imagine what would have happened if their fingerpaints had been taken away in grade school because they smeared blue streaks with their left hands.
Perhaps musical virtuosos Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Wynton Marsalis, Paul McCartney and Sting evidence the most impressive display of left-handed dexterity. And there’s Beethoven – need I say more?
Celebrate Left-Handers Day by shedding any awkward inhibitions and flaunting your right to put your left hand forward. It’s the day to take up your unique talent and tap into your inner genius.