Oh, to be left-handed. The perils and the glory so few of us know (about 10 percent to be exact). On the dark side of things, there's the unwinnable struggle of endorsing checks at the bank (thanks for always chaining pens to the right side of a surface) and the fact that your guitar is pretty much the only one you can ever play.
But the oft-ignored positives include an actual scientific likelihood that we're smarter and more creative than our right-handed counterparts (it isn't arrogant if it's science) and the advantage we have in one-on-on sports and combat.
On top of that, the sheer scarcity of lefties bonds us to one another — sort of like Prius drivers — and creates a shortcut to intimacy, an automatic icebreaker, a sense of shared pride. You see someone struggling to swipe their credit card or bumping elbows with their neighbor at a crowded restaurant and you think, "You've been where I've been." It's like Fight Club, only you get to keep all your teeth.
So, in honor of International Left Handers Day, I've made a list of some of the most frustrating and satisfying experiences we southpaws have. So, find your favorite left-handed mug and get ready to be even prouder you're not like the rest of 'em. I salute you (backwards, most likely).