“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” – Robert Frost
More often than not, our home and nationality are beyond our choosing. We enter this world as tiny, crying bundles of life, and while we can fight and work our hardest to change our destinies, much of our futures are already laid out for us. Where we’re born, the background we’re born into, who our parents are, our socioeconomic statuses, our legal rights: it all comes down to luck.
According to the website ifitweremyhome.com, “the lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person?”
Some of us may never dream of having our life be any different than precisely the way it is, but for thousands if not millions of people around the planet, each week is filled with daydreams of where else they’d rather go or who else they’d rather be.
Are you happy with your life? These statistics may change how you feel.
Developed by Andy Lintner and Annette Calabrese, ifitweremyhome.com gives brief but informative profiles of all the world’s nations, as well as comparisons between any two countries in order to give curious people some perspective.
Your comparative statistics will be based on whatever country you’re browsing from. In my case, it defaulted to the United States.
The featured country this week was Sri Lanka, so I immediately took a glance at the country’s profile to see how it compares to the US.
One of my favorite features was the comparative map on each country profile, which overlays a map of the country in question to the United States, just to give you an idea of the total size.