I would identify myself as left-handed. And I am, for the most part. Except for the fact that there are lots of things that I either prefer to do with my right hand or really don't have much of a preference. Now this sounds like a really cool thing, and it is, I'm not complaining, but it can get really confusing.
When I was younger, I had absolutely no hand preference. I would switch hands in the middle of writing, or coloring, much to the frustration of my preschool teachers, who were trying to figure out if I was left or right handed. This continued up through first grade. Eventually, and mostly because everyone kept nagging me to pick a hand, I decided that I was left handed. I learned to write lefty, along with eat and brush my teeth and other basic things. However, I still ended up doing half of my normal tasks right-handed. Considering left-handed scissors were nowhere to be found, I just learned to cut with my right hand. This also somehow translated to how I would use a knife. I guess I just associated all cutting to be a right handed thing. The same thing happened with sports. I started t-ball before kindergarten, so before I had a clear hand preference. I got a right-handed glove and was taught to bat right-handed because that was what was common.
So, I kind of have this weird dichotomy going where I am left handed for small-muscle skills like writing or eating, and I am right-handed for large muscle skills like sports. Which is very possible and makes sense. But, here's the weird thing: although this is how I function now, I don't think that this is actually true.
See, over the years as I have tried different sports I have had varying results with either hand. I can bowl with either hand (although I don't do very well either way). In fact, I used to switch hands every frame to annoy people (my brother). Tennis, I still can't figure out which hand I should use. I used to get yelled at for switching the racket between hands during lessons, but I really don't feel much of a preference. Over the years, I have had both left-handed and right-handed mitts and I really don't see that much of a change in skill. Just the other day I was practicing Jiu Jitsu with my boyfriend and did a left side throw instinctively even though most of the time we only use right. Even using scissors, which is something I never thought I could do with my left hand, I just tried and hand no difficulty, aside from the fact that the right handed scissors made holding them a little awkward.
This is the same for most left-handed skills. I can brush my teeth and eat with both hands without really any trouble. I consistently switch hands based on what is easier to reach. And even though I am apparently left-handed I can sew or use pliers for jewelry making with either hand.
What I am really guessing is that I am ambidextrous. I just don't have one clear hand preference. Which, when you think about it, is really cool! My next step is to re-learn all the skills that I use only one hand for with the other hand.
The lefty (or righty)