Your Life by the Numbers

Updated on April 18, 2020
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

Did you know that most things in your life are tied to a number?
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Do you realize that your life can be summed up with numbers? Everything you have encountered in your entire life had or still has a number attached to it. From the womb to the tomb, you are identified by a series of numbers. This article will prove that your life is based on numbers more than on words.


Before you were born, your life began with numbers. All of the numbers were not yours, but they were related to you in some way. Your conception had more to do with your parents than with you.

Your mother and father had to get together at just the right time for the right sperm and egg to form you. Then there had a gestation period of nine months or 38 weeks.

birth certificate template
birth certificate template


From the moment you were born, the nurses put an identification band around your ankle with your mother's numbers on it. After that, you took on your own set of numbers. The nurse weighed you and took measurements. When your birth announcement was sent out, on it was the date and time you were born along with how much you weighed in pounds and ounces as well as your length.

For instance, I was born on the 23rd day in the seventh month in the year 1945 at a time during the day. Even though it was 73 years ago, I still have to use that exact date on medical papers, financial records, and other documents to this very day to prove that I am who I say I am. In essence, my life has been and always be a combination of numbers. The same applies to you and your life.

Today, babies get a social security number before they leave the hospital. That number will be with them to use from their first job and beyond for social security and retirement purposes.

Social Security cards
Social Security cards

In School

Children cannot go to school without a birth certificate that shows their age. Then they will be given a number that shows if they are learning according to their grade level.

At the end of each school year, they will move to the next grade if they completed all their subjects with a passing score. That is the same procedure through kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school. When you go to college, graduate school and seminary there will be more numbers to add to the ones you already have.

While in school, students are evaluated and given scores on SOLs and other standardized tests. When they graduate from high school and college, their cumulative academic knowledge is summarized with a Grade Point Average (GPA).

credit report
credit report


You will need a social security number to get your first job. You didn't need one for babysitting, cutting grass for your neighbors and doing other odd jobs. However, when you get adult-type jobs, you will need a social security number so your employer can take taxes out of your paycheck.

You will need to file taxes every April for the rest of your life. Therefore, those numbers on your paystub mean something. Your employer will also give you an employee number to keep track of your work schedule, annual leave, and sick leave. The government has you on file and knows all about you by your social security number.

In the meantime, you will need a number from the bank to deposit your check and to make withdrawals. If you ever apply for a loan, you will need your bank number. Now that you are working, you will probably get your first credit card. When you fill out the application, you will need to list of numbers that you have accumulated up to this time in your life.

If your application is approved, it will be mailed to your address with consists of a house or apartment number with a regular five-digit ZIP code. You have a four-digit add-on that most businesses use following the regular ZIP code.

After you get your credit card in the mail, you need to activate it before you can use it by using your own telephone which consists of an area code and a seven-digit number.

Required Numbers

If people end up on the wrong side of the law and go prison, they will get a number. No matter which branch of the military they enlist in, they will get a number.

If they travel abroad, they must have a passport with a number. There is also a number on everybody's voter registration card so they can vote when they turn 18.

In some states, the social security number is the same as a person's driver's license number.

Unfortunate Numbers

There are some numbers that we really don't want.

  • If someone has gone to prison, he or she will have a prison number or a parolee number.
  • Some have had legal cases without going to prison. Those cases still have a number.
  • If you are ever called to be on a jury, you will be identified by a number.
  • If you ever file for a divorce or bankruptcy, you will need almost all of these numbers listed except the ones on your tombstone.
  • If you have health issues, your progress will be indicated by a blood pressure number and heartbeats and other numbers.
  • If you have diabetes, you will see a glucose reading every day when you prick your finger. Then you will know how you are managing the disease. Your doctor will check your A1C which is an average number over a three-month period.

Blood sugar level chart
Blood sugar level chart

Licenses and Certifications

During your life, you will need many different types of licenses depending on what your career and life goals are.

  • All people who drive a car must have a driver's license with a number.
  • Those who drive buses, trucks, or motorcycles must have additional licenses to operate those vehicles.
  • People who fish and hunt must have a valid license in order to do so.
  • To travel out of the country, a person must have a passport that must be renewed every ten years.
  • Certain careers require a license or certification to work. For example, doctors and others in the medical profession are not allowed to give you medical advice without a license. A lawyer cannot practice law without a license.
  • A teacher must be certified with a number to teach in the school system.
  • An ordained minister must take the proper papers to the courthouse in the state he plans to perform a marriage. However, this is not necessary to preach a sermon.
  • People who get benefits from social services must be certified every year. This requires several numbers on the applications.


This is not to be morbid because we all will die one day. If we die in the hospital, the first thing the doctor or nurse will do is to call out the time of your death. This is confirmed on many medical shows on television including The Good Doctor, Chicago Med, and New Amsterdam.

Your funeral will be on a certain date and time. The date will be in the newspapers along with your obituary. The date will also be on the front of your funeral bulletin if there is one. The date of your birth and your death will be your tombstone with a dash in between to let others know that you have lived.

Your address includes a set of numbers
Your address includes a set of numbers

List of Numbers

  • Birth certificate with date and time
  • House address
  • Telephone number
  • Automatic teller machine number (ATM)
  • Some passwords require a number
  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • Passport number
  • P.O. Box number
  • Credit cards
  • Credit score
  • Life insurance policy number
  • Health insurance policy number
  • Car insurance number
  • Driver's license
  • Fishing license
  • Hunting license
  • Mileage on a car
  • Military number
  • Prison number
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Certification number to teach
  • Library card number
  • Lottery ticket numbers (for those who play the lottery)
  • Law license
  • Certified public accountant number
  • Physician's license
  • Legal case number
  • Medical numbers for blood pressure and blood sugar readings
  • Tombstone with birthdate and date of death
  • Zipcode

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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      Lazarus Dixon 

      3 months ago

      Thank you for this reminder!

      This was a rather refreshing read :).


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