If I had a dollar for every time someone told me “you look exactly like someone I know” or “where did you go to school? You look so familiar”, then I would be writing this post from my ocean-front mansion, my pet jaguars licking my toes and my butlers eagerly waiting for their next command.
I get told that I look familiar by so many people that it has made me question WHY it is people think they know me. Here are a few possible reasons I have come up with:
- I have a lot of sisters that I am not aware of
- Alter dimensions are real, and all of my “alters” were accidentally put here in the same dimension
- I have a familiar face (this is one of the things I’ve been told. “Familiar” kind of feels like a synonym for “plain”, I don’t like this one)
- Men use it as an excuse to talk to me (don’t think so seeing as how plenty of women tell me this too)
- The person actually does know me, or we have a mutual friend (about 1% of the time)
- I am being dramatic and a lot of people constantly get told how much they look like someone
None of these possible reasons satisfy me.
I have even gotten into a near fight with someone before because she SWORE I was a friend of her sisters who went to a high school here in town. I was basically screaming “I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL IN VIRGINIA, I DON’T KNOW YOU OR YOUR SISTER!!!!”
A few months ago while waitressing a lady at one of my tables gave me the familiar eye squint and said “I think I know you from somewhere.” I snapped at her and said “you don’t know me. Everyone thinks they do but trust me, you don’t.” I get told every day that I look like someone’s niece, friend, cousin, sister, daughter, ex-roommate, etc. It’s okay don’t feel bad, but we don’t know each other I’m not from here.” The sweet lady smiled and said “no, I DO know you. You do the early abs class at the gym, right?”
foot in mouth
I turned bright red and immediately apologized for my quick-to-snap attitude. Of COURSE, the abs class. Twice a week I crunched, planked, and lunged next to the nice lady that I just told off. The same lady who would be tipping me at the end of her meal. Great.
This is the only time I can recall someone claiming to know me actually being correct. For some insight into my situation, I turned to answers.com for a little help. Where else?
What does it mean when people say that you look familiar and you’ve never seen them?
Your face reminds them of someone else, or they think they have seen you before.People in general have basic mannerisms, movements, facial and body characteristics which will strike a persons memory of someone they know. For instance a certain color of hair combined with eye color and placement, which, when a person sees them together with some type of body movement will resemble someone they know or knew, and it brings a picture to that persons mind prompting them to say “you look like someone I know.”
Well, this makes me feel a little better. I am often told that I have a very expressive face, so maybe my micro-expressions have something to do with it.
I have decided to start playing along with people to see how far I can get. “YES I DID go to that summer camp in 1998, were you in Cabin 3 too?!?!?!? OMG!!!! WE WERE TOTALLY BESTIES!!” Why not? It has got to be more fun than my same old “you don’t know me” spiel.