I am going to continue my Bucket List here, but I would like to take a minute to tell you about an alternative to the Bucket List that I think is a fabulous idea. This is the “Reverse Bucket List”. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out which awesome blog gave me this idea, and frankly I don’t have the time to sit here and research blogs all day (The laundry won’t do itself, you know.)
But the “Reverse Bucket List” is in essence, an experience of abundance rather than an experience of want. (I apologize if that sounded a little too “Oprah-ish”!)
Here’s what I mean: a Bucket List is a list of things you want to do, achieve, accomplish, tackle, whatever. It’s the list of “undones” in your life. And hopefully, on the day you die, it will be just as long as the day you wrote it. I hope that you never stop finding new things to do and learn. If you do, then THAT is the moment you have stopped living.
But it can be easy to look at your Bucket List as a list of things that maybe you have missed or that you feel lacking in your life.
I believe it is equally important to keep a “Reverse Bucket List.” This is a list of things that you HAVE done in your life. When you scratch off a Bucket List item, it does not cease to exist. Rather, it gains new life by jumping onto your Reverse Bucket List. It has become a part of you, a part of your life experience, and no one can ever take that away.
So, as you build your Bucket List, don’t forget to keep your Reverse Bucket List going as well. And consider sharing it with others…on a blog for example. Maybe you have traveled to Thailand or thrown a fabulous Bar Mitzvah, or had your recipe for black bean brownies published in a magazine. Someone else might have one of these things on her Bucket List and you might be able to answer questions to help her have an amazing experience in her own life.
(Funny, the idea of sharing the Reverse Bucket List just came to me. I think I will even start a separate page here on the blog so you can reference it and ask for help if anything catches your eye.)
Now, to continue my current Bucket List:
21. Attend a blogging conference.
22. Make a quilt
23. Teach someone to crochet
24. Have Carpal Tunnel Surgery
25. Learn to Brew Beer
26. Meet Diana Gabaldon
27. Take a Gourmet Cooking Class
28. Visit a Napa Winery
29. Learn to Distinguish Wines
30. Learn to ride horses