Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Mistaken Identity: It Wasn’t Me

wasnt meYears ago, a friend of mine said I looked like Diane Keaton. Although I respect her work as an actress and think that she has aged beautifully, I was quite offended. Primarily, this struck a nerve because she was MUCH older than I was.

 At first I blew it off and thought that it was just the current bob I was sporting. But, the more I thought about it, the more I fumed. It didn’t feel so good to be compared because I felt like I lost my own identity.

 I know a thing or two about mistaken identity. Although my name is not common, I know very well that I’m not the only Shannon Philpott around.

 Weekly, I receive her mail – alumni magazines from universities, requests for donations from civic organizations, and a bill for an unreturned book from a university I never attended. Yesterday, I even received a call from her old sorority wanting to know what “I was up to these days.” Since I was never part of a sorority, they lost interest in me quickly.

 When I Google my name, majority of her information appears – her MySpace page, Twitter account, and Facebook status updates. She seems to be very popular and savvy with social media – it must be the name 🙂

 Although I’m grounded enough to know that I’m not the only “one” and I clearly understand the innocence of mistaken identity, I can’t help but feel like she’s invading my space, my territory.

 The reality is that with mistaken identity there is a little punch to our sense of pride every time someone claims a piece of our individuality. It sounds egotistical and even a little selfish, but when life seems a little chaotic, our individuality is what we cling to and treasure.

 So, even though I let my hair grow to escape the Diane Keaton comparison and bored the heck out of my imposter’s sorority sisters, I’ll never escape the other Shannon Philpott’s in this world. All I can say is “It wasn’t me” and be thankful that my last name is not Smith.


– Shannon Philpott
Blog Entry: Oct. 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009 - Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. My brothers used to tell me, “if anyone asks, your name is smith.”. Mean huh!!

    Comment by Coco | October 23, 2009 | Reply

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