The Other I

January 4, 2013

Bending the knee

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 9:47 pm

For many years I’ve been aware that my left leg is stronger than my right.  I find it easier to get up off the floor, for instance, if I put my weight onto my left foot and push myself up using my left leg rather than my right.

I’ve sometimes wondered why this is so, because I am right-handed and would have expected to be “right-legged,” as well.

It occurred to me for the first time today that perhaps it is because I spent close to the first 30 years of my life going down on my right knee in the act of genuflection and always pushing myself up using my left leg.  I did this routinely, sometimes as many as 25 times a day,.

Has anybody else engaged in a similar life style for many decades noticed a similar pattern?


1 Comment »

  1. Being ‘right-legged’ and having a stronger left leg could go hand-in-hand (or foot-in-foot?). I think the majority of people lead with the right foot if starting to walk from standing. Which means the left takes the initial load, for balance etc?


    Comment by Chris Lawrence — January 5, 2013 @ 7:20 am | Reply

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