Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Playing the If Game

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had been born somewhere else?    I have always felt extremely lucky to have been born in the US and after living in other countries that feeling has been multiplied.


There is a great website called, If It Were My Home, that tells you how different your life would be if you were born in a different country.  The differences are amazing - for example if I were born in India I would use 93% less oil in my lifetime, but I would die nearly 12 years earlier.  The site is a fun (and educational) time waster, that left me feeling luckier than ever, but also helped me realize that there are some other amazing places to be from.

Have you ever considered what it would be like if you had been born somewhere else?  If so, in what country would you like to have been born?

Here's a little Uncle Kracker with "Good to be Me," in the hopes that you all feel good about where and who you are today.

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12 comments:

maureen said...

I totally agree, I've always felt blessed to be born in the USA.
If I were to wish to be from another country, I think I'd say Italy. Love the people, love the culture, love the food and love the wine.
Nice song pair up. It does feel good to be me. :)

Diana Joy said...

Hi Jamie. I too like that I was born in the USA but after visiting Italy I thought "wow I would like to have been born here." But; still glad it was here. Interestingly; the thought of living in a different country, now, frightens me. Age??? I like the music you provided today. Thanks.

krissilugbill said...

oh man, this is SO very true! and its so easy to forget how truly blessed we are! I am gonna pop over and check out this site...thanks for sharing!

R Montalban said...

I am pretty happy to have been born in the UK and live in Scotland. We are lucky that we have really very good and free healthcare service. Thank goodness get treated if we have something wrong and don't have to worry about not being covered by insurance policies that may or not may not cover/pay.

justinegordon said...

it's an interesting idea! we have lived in all different places around the world, it all adds to the rich tapestry of life!

Clare B said...

I love having been born in Australia. Good weather, great health system and education and a culture that encourages you to travel.

Karen said...

I think being born in any of the industrialized countries would be fine with me, but I have always been grateful (especially as a woman) for having been born here. Many years ago I read a book by Geraldine Brooks called Nine Parts of Desire. If I hadn't already been grateful, I certainly would have been at the end of the book!

gibknitty said...

an interesting post jamie. i will have to check out that website. i feel lucky to have been made in the USA as well...although sometimes i even feel guilty for it.

Nicole said...

Not only do I feel lucky that I was born in the USA, I feel lucky I was born into a small town! I love how I grew up and wish the same from my kids!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

I think I was born on the British Isles in a past life. I can see myself wandering barefoot in fields of heather in the highlands of Scotland, a tiny thatched cottage and a few sheep... being chased by Ozzie and Lily. *sigh*

Ashley Sisk said...

I sometimes take all that for granted...I'm off to check out this website. Might put things back into perspective for me.

blue elephant photography said...

I was not born in the US like a lot of you =) but i still feel pretty lucky that I was born in the Philippines and grew up there. Lucky enough that my parents had jobs and took care of me and my siblings. But yes life for some people are really hard over there. You might be shock to know that you can buy 1 big, complete, good meal from McDonald's for $1. But i love the place a lot, I've talked about it on my blog a few times. I'm grateful to be here in the US even if me and my husband are not citizens at all, the people are nice (some) and i think life is an adventure and i am always ready for new ones. We will move to Canada in the next few years to be close to my husband's family =) At least that's the plan lol

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