It is often said that beauty depends on symmetry.
Sadly, nothing about me is symmetrical
Is it something that happens in the womb, I wonder? Or do we use one side more than the other through life?
Certainly my right side seems doomed to wear out quicker than the left. I wonder if this is related to being right-handed, or something else entirely.
An early indicator of my lopsidedness was my right knee which started giving me gyp during one of my pregnancies. Since then, its twinges come and go but it hasn’t developed in the way that my right hip has. This is now officially disintegrating, but I have known for a long time that I would suffer from arthritis in my later years. Since my forties, I’ve had those knobbly knuckles on my fingers that presage arthritis, mostly on my right hand.
Not only the knobbly fingers. An annoying little ganglion has taken up residence on the right hand middle finger, and my formerly strong fingernails have for some years now shown a tendency to split on the third finger of – you guessed it – my right hand. Now, its little fingernail is joining in. The left hand’s nails are still going strong.
An itchy skin patch has developed behind my right ear, and moles under my chin that sprout hair grow mostly on the right. (Why is it that hair starts sprouting more vigorously where it’s not wanted at the same time as the hair on my head thins?)
My eyes have always differed from each other. The left used to be short-sighted while the right was long-sighted, but, between them, they worked well. I could read those little maps of the London Underground without needing specs and consult my A-Z of London while in a traffic jam (in the days before the SatNav. Thank heavens for the SatNav).
As my vision declines, the short-sighted left eye is now long-sighted (which, I gather, is the usual geriatric direction) while the right eye is merely hazy at any distance.
I’m only thankful that my heart is situated to the left.
Is anyone else out there curving sideways as they age?
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