I was the gym on Saturday working out when suddenly this lady started talking to me about how it was sometimes hard to get time to come and work out when you had chores. I politely made conversation too about working out and being busy and all of that.And then she asked me: So do you still work at such-and-such place?
I looked blankly at her and said I’d never worked there. In fact, I’d never worked in the local area (i.e. the suburb I live in) which is where she meant. Turns out she probably thought I was someone else and most likely had been thinking me as being rude previously for never talking to her.
Before you think she was someone from a background who thinks “all Indians/Pakistanis/Srilankans look alike”, she was from and Indian or Srilankan background herself.
So that theory of outgroup homogeneity or ingroup-outgroup bias is out the window.
Which then made me think — do I have a doppelganger around?
Do you ever wonder whether there is someone out there in the world who looks exactly like you? I remember some years ago, Femba girl told me she met someone in college who reminded her of me. However, I can’t remember whether it was in looks or behaviour or both.
I find myself thinking: is there someone out there who looks exactly like me. 5 feet tall, Indian ethnicity, plump, wearing glasses, brown eyes, long black hair. [I think I just described several people…] But jokes aside, is there someone who could be mistaken as my twin? And if so, what is their personality like? Are they introverted as well? Do they enjoy cricket, food, reading, blogging, or any other similar things? Do they think the same way about issues as I do? Are they in a similar line of work?
Through blogging, I have found a few people who freakishly think along the same lines as I do. Legal Alien is one. Honestly, she and I have freakishly similar thoughts. We both love Australia. We both love food. We both wrote similar posts back when the whole ‘racism’ fiasco was taking place. We also wrote similar posts recently about Fred Nile [mine and hers]. She is a journalist and when I initially took up Arts, it was with the plan of becoming one. Mind you, we have never met. I can assure you though, we look nothing alike. She is way skinnier than yours truly! 🙂
Then there is Titaxy. We both seem quite similar too. Similar interests [reading!!!] Similar attitude to shopping, jewellry, fashion, make-up [not really into it!] Both like Australia and Australian cricket [Even though she no longer follows the game living in the US of A] In terms of appearances, I don’t really know whether we are similar or not because I haven’t actually seen any picture of hers.
I also wonder if there is also someone out there who may look exactly like me but is the total opposite in that they are extroverted, a party person, totally irresponsible, very immature and living each day as it comes. And of course, not at all anxious and neurotic like yours truly! I think I would like to meet them. Not because I think I am missing out on something. But because I am curious.
How freaky would it be though, to encounter someone exactly like you? Whether in looks or personality.
Have you had any doppelganger stories you would like to share?
Have you met your doppelganger?
What would you do if you were to meet your doppelganger?
Go on, tell us!
Until next time,