What’s your dominant hand? Foot? Eye?
I’m pretty right dominant. I write with my right hand, although I mouse with my left–that’s what happens when your partner is a lefty and that’s whose computer you learn on.
Athletically, I prefer to start/lead with my right foot. This is where things are less common. In twisting activities, like skating and gymnastics, left is more dominant. Think about how you do a cartwheel–do you put your right or left hand down first? Me, its my right hand. Most folks, its the left.
In figure skating, most skaters twist and spin in a counter-clockwise direction. Me, I go clockwise–interestingly called “Lefty” in skating.
In snowboarding, leading with the less-common foot is called “goofy”. Yup, I’m goofy alright.
So I’m mixed dominant. A lot of my physical skills are done in the less common way, and my fine motor stuff, like writing, is done in the common way. Makes for a busy brain, and in some ways a greater connection between my right and left brains. More possibilities, although I may not go with the dominant paradigm!
And then there are the dancers–they spin both ways, although they have a favorite. Maybe that’s why dancing is such a good way to maintain brain health throughout life. Moving is good, moving in all directions and really challenging your brain is even better. I’m off to challenge my self with movement on my lunch break. Cheers!