My kids make me feel like a king. With them, life is like a zoo. I love being a father. Time is fleeting when we are together. They keep growing. A new family favorite? My twins asking for a story. The best tales, some of them tall, come from my childhood in Virginia. I do a poor man’s version of How I Met Your Mother. Stringing along details of a story for far too long. My kids patiently wait to hear a story about a Trumpet on Ms. Manning’s school bus. They’ve waited two years already. Sharing stories reminds me of how fast time passes.
I stumbled across Population.io. I’m unsure why, but it makes me feel the same way I do when telling stories to my children. Maybe it’s the data. Wonderfully highlighting my story over time.
“We believe that demographic data can play an important role in understanding the social and economic developments of our time… (people can) explore a new perspective of their own life and find their own place in the world of today and tomorrow.”
Mission accomplished. Your life in numbers and dates, reads the tag line. The landing page prompts you to enter your birthday, home country, and gender. Below you will find demographic data on where you fit into the global picture. It’s like a Where’s Waldo for your life…using demography.
I am older than 55% of the world’s population. February 1st, 2023 is my date with destiny. I will be the 5th billionth person to be alive. My expiration date is December 30, 2064. I added it as a Task on my Google Calendar. I had no idea I share a birthday with 12,328 other people. You can play with different scenarios. What if you were born in Benin instead of the United States, would things be different?
I plan to keep spinning yarns with my kids. It helps me to find my place while imagining what tomorrow may hold. Population.io adds context using specific details. True to their mission, exploring a new perspective of my life is easier. Understanding social and economic development over time is important. I just didn’t know how fun it could be.