Bucket List (Part 2) (In which I discuss the Reverse Bucket List)

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


Bucket List (Part 1)

Do you have a “Bucket List”?

Ever since the 2007 hit movie by the same name helped us to face the reality of our mortality, many of us have started creating “Bucket Lists”…lists of things that we want to do in our lives before we “kick the bucket.”

I love this idea. Giving yourself permission to dream, just as when you were a child and the responsibilities and challenges of adult life had not yet made their appearance in your life, is a freeing experience. I think everyone should create a bucket list, if for no other reason than to get these things out of one’s head and onto paper. Commonalities will emerge and you will likely find themes that tell you what is truly important to you.

I do think we have to keep things in perspective, though. Chances are, you will not accomplish everything on your bucket list. That does not mean that you should be unsatisfied or feel that your life has somehow been lacking. As a matter of fact, I hope you don’t accomplish everything on your list. If you do, then what exactly are you saying? “Ok, it’s time for me to die now”? I certainly hope not. I hope that your mind and heart continue to dream until the day that God calls you home.

With that all said, I decided to start my own bucket list here for the world to see. Some of these things will be silly. Some will be outlandish. And this list will by no means be complete (hence the title, Part 1).

So, here it is:

1.  Run a marathon

2.  Visit Asia

3.  Visit Australia

4.  Visit South America

5.  Visit Africa

6.  Work with an organization that fights human trafficking

7.  Run a successful business

8.  Get carpal tunnel surgery

9.  Learn to play guitar

10. Learn to play piano

11.  Compete in a fitness contest

12. Write a novel

13. Write a bestselling novel

14. Make money as a writer

15. Pay off all debt

16. Buy a ranch in Idaho

17. Learn to hunt (not just “go hunting”, but really learn)

18. Maintain a productive vegetable garden

19. Put my kids through college

20. Learn to fly an airplane

I will add more periodically, but for now I have to go wake my kids and get them going or #19 will never happen!

Have a great day and start making your bucket list TODAY!