reverse bucket list

I have to be honest, I don’t have a real bucket list, and I have been toying around with the idea of making one for a long time. I like bucket lists; I think they give you ambition and are an easy way to make sure that you never forget your goals, but then I hear comments like “bucket lists give you tunnel vision and kill spontaneity”, and I get nervous about making one.

At the end of the day, however, I think a bucket list is what you make it out to be. I know that if I write all of my ideas out on paper, it doesn’t mean that I HAVE to finish them or that if I don’t, I have somehow failed.

Bucket lists are for little dreams and ideas to keep your life adventurous and fulfilling.

When I heard about this idea of a reverse bucket list, where you recall all of the things you have already achieved in life, I didn’t hesitate for a second. It’s good to remember what we have as compared to what we don’t, and I feel like a reverse bucket list helps put that into perspective, so I’m sharing mine with you… but also mostly for myself.

Graduated high school.
Got accepted into my #1 choice college.
Went to Summerfest.
Got a job that I love (multiple).
Visited 10 States.
Road a jet ski.
Blogged for (almost) 2 years!
Switched to self-hosted WordPress.
Was interviewed and photographed for a magazine.
Joined a sorority.
Jumped on a water trampoline.
Went horseback riding in Arizona.
Joined my school newspaper.
Went to Disney World.
Went to Washington DC.
Picked my first apartment.
Made lifelong friends.
Went tubing.
Saw the Northern Lights.

My list is full of a lot of little things, and I’m sure I forgot so many, but that just goes to show how all of the little things add up into big ones, because all in all, I am so happy with how I have lived my life for the past 20 years.

reverse bucket list

  • Having a reverse bucket list is such a good idea! It really helps you evaluate all of your accomplishments. Congrats on all that you have done! I know you have a ton more good things on your way!

  • Aditi Mayer

    This is such a cool idea, love the positivity!

  • Oh yay! I love that you saw the Northern Lights!!! Where did you see them? A water trampoline sounds like a blast!!! What magazine were you interviewed for? What an experience!!!

  • This is a wonderful list. Mostly because I love that your heart behind this is to really look back and see all that you’ve done–instead of comparing your life to others’ (something I’m guilty of doing, too!). :)

    I loved seeing your list and how it encompassed things you’ve done that are more on the adventure-side and then the things that really do matter most (i.e. making lifelong friends!).

    Thanks for linking up!

  • this is such a good idea I might have to copy it!

  • Those all sound like amazing experiences. How amazing to be interviewed for a magazine. I too made the switch from Blogger to WordPress, I should have put that on my own reverse bucket list!