Common Questions Twins Get Asked All the Time

A while back, I did a very short post about being a twin. After talking about it with my identical twin sister (Wendy), we realized that we still get questions that ranges from normal to outright ridiculous. Here are some frequently asked questions that we usually get from friends, co-workers, and relatives.

Have you guys ever switched places when you were in High School/College? 

No we did not. I know some twins who did switched places. But for my sister and I, we have subjects that we’re better at. For example, in High School I was better at English, Math, and Physics while my sister was better than me in Biology and Chemistry. When we attended college, she majored in Business while I majored in Communication. Switching places would give us so much anxiety because we would be constantly worrying about what might happened.

Do you do the freaky twin thing? Like answering at the exact same time.

One time, someone asked my sister and I if we do the “freaky twin thing” and followed up with, “when is your birthday?” We both obviously have the same birthday, so we both naturally gave an answer at the same time since the question was directed at both of us. They were astonished by our response and said, “that was freaky.” If we both know the answer to something, and you ask both of us at the same time, you’re going to get two same answers at once.

Do you two always finish each other’s sentences?

Not always. But when we do, it’s because we are both well-informed of the given topic, or we just have the same interest. For example, we both used to do competitive figure skating so we know all the technical rules and regulations of the sport, and as a result we are more likely to finish off each other’s sentences. Because of this, it usually leads to the next question of- Continue reading Common Questions Twins Get Asked All the Time

I was told…

In elementary school, I was told that I should be a doctor, not a teacher. Being a teacher does not make a lot of money. I gave up on that dream as a child.

In middle school, I was told that I wasn’t smart at a certain subject simply because I have a twin. Teachers would start turning us against one another by announcing to the class, “let’s see which one of them is the smarter twin.” When we would get one point higher/lower than the other, one of us was considered as the “dumb twin” or the “smart twin.” It lowered my self-esteem, and I actually believed that I was dumb based on my grades. Continue reading I was told…

Figure Skating: A love-hate relationship

We do jumps and spins, not tricks and twirls.

When I medal at an event, I was told it still wasn’t good enough. When I skated a clean program, there was no congrats, I was lectured – shoulders wasn’t square enough, sit-spins wasn’t low enough, toes weren’t pointed enough. It lowered my self-esteem, and I started to blame myself. Eight years ago, I quit competitive figure skating. At that time, it was an easy decision – I grew to hate the sport. But after months and years, I miss it so much. The sound of your blade carving into the ice, and the adrenaline when stepping onto the ice to take your 6 minute warm-up prior to your program. Figure skating taught me so many things about life – dedication, courage, and self-discipline.

I don’t regret my decision, but every now and then, a small voice in my head tells me that I was being selfish. I started craving for a normal life – make friends in school, being able to do after school activities/clubs. Instead, I had a hectic schedule waking up at 4:30-5:00 a.m. everyday. Going to school, and skating about 25-35 hours per week. Sacrificing family time, as well as a normal middle school and high school social life. But that’s the weird thing, no matter how much you try to get away from the sport, it’s still a part of you. I never thought that I would still go back to the ice rink every now and then, watch my old competition videos, and watch every international competition on TV/Ice Network. I still love and support the sport despite all the sacrifice that was made throughout my childhood. When asked if figure skating is my favorite sport, my response is, “yes, but it’s a love-hate relationship.

– Stories By Cindy

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