Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reverse Bucket List

About a month ago, a friend of mine from grad school posted a "Reverse Life List"--kind of like a bucket list, but backwards. Instead of listing all the things you want to do before you die, you list the awesome things you've already done in your life so far. I think sometimes I get so wrapped up in going, doing, seeing, and accomplishing that I forget to stop and remember the things I've already been lucky enough to see and do in my life. With my 28th (eep!) birthday rapidly approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to show a little gratitude for the full and happy years I've had so far. Here's my 28.


1. Eat fish & chips on the coast of England.

2. Ghost hunt in a castle.

3. Do humanitarian work in another country.

4. Work with kids with autism.

5. Get an advanced degree.

6. Touch a waterfall.

7. Have a book collection.

8. Go to a red-carpet movie premiere.

9. Fall in love.

10. Go to Harry Potter World.

11. See Old Faithful erupt.

12. Snorkel in a Caribbean reef.

13. Go skiing (without killing myself).

14. Watch a concert from backstage.

15. See Haystack Rock (GOONIES, ya'll!)

16. Walk on a movie set.

17. Go snowshoeing.

18. Eat a donut from VooDoo Doughnut.

19. Be in a play.

20. Record a song.

21. Have a pint in an English pub.

22. Own a piece of history.

23. Get a tattoo.

24. Sing on stage at the Ryman Auditorium.

25. Go to the Field Museum in Chicago.

26.  Start a record collection.

27. Swim in a sinkhole.

28. Never stop learning. So far, so good.

I'd love to see your reverse bucket lists! If you decide to do it, leave me a link so I can check yours out!


  1. this is so cool! I love this idea. xo

    1. Thanks! If you do one, let me know. I'd love to see it! :)

  2. This is amazing! Love the idea--bucket lists tend to stress me out because it makes me focus so much on making plans and the future...instead of enjoying the moment.

    1. Exactly--bucket lists make me freak out because I just think of all the stuff I want to do and how little time I have to do it. They're a little depressing. I mean, I still have one, but I try not to let it get out of control. :)

  3. You have done some amazing things! Glad to see you being grateful for it. That's important. :)


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