If you aren’t intrigued by the idea of a reverse bucket list, by the end of this blog post, you will be! Now, we all know what a bucket list is – it’s a list of things to do, places to visit, and goals to accomplish before we die. Or in other terms, things to do before we “kick the bucket.”

My Impossible List includes things like: go to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, volunteer with young girls and women in Haiti, go indoor skydiving, see Mamma Mia on Broadway, and try chocolate-covered bacon (don’t judge me!).

Dolphins jumping out of the water with text that reads: What's on Your Bucket List?

However, in the race to cross things off our bucket list, sometimes we neglect to celebrate the things we have done, the places we have visited and the goals we have accomplished. I find this a little sad because often these bucket-list experiences are transformative and become part of the story of who you are today. Why not celebrate that?

With a reverse bucket list, you can stop and reflect on all the things you have had the opportunity to see, learn and do. Sometimes we take small things for granted, so it makes the reverse bucket list a great exercise in gratitude.

Without further ado, here’s my reverse bucket list!

  1. Created my own undergraduate individualized major of study.
  2. Gave a TED Talk at the TedxYorkU Student Salon.
  3. Went on my first solo trip/business trip to Champaign, IL.
  4. Went to Disney World and Orlando Studios in Florida.
  5. Watched fireworks.
  6. Completed a WenDo self-defence class.
  7. Went ziplining and completed aerial ropes course at Treetop Trekking.
  8. Watched a live musical (Phantom of the Opera).
  9. Visited African Lion Safari, Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Medieval Times.
  10. Graduated high school (and soon, university!)
  11. Learned how to swim.
  12. Went indoor trampolining.
  13. Wrote a daily thank you letter to 40 different people.
  14. Go roller-skating at a roller-rink.
  15. Saw Kid Cudi live in concert.
  16. Saw one of Swedish House Mafia’s last concerts.
  17. Played an escape room game at Escape Games Canada.
  18. Performed spoken word at a coffee house.
  19. Visited Jamaica.
  20. Learned how to drive.
  21. Completed Color Me Rad 5K with my sister.
  22. Went go-karting.
  23. Had purple hair for 4 months.
  24. Danced on a stage with friends.
  25. Visited a museum.

When I look at my reverse bucket list, I realize how blessed I am that I can use my legs, eyes and ears to experience new things.

So that’s why I encourage you to start your own reverse bucket list and post it somewhere you can look at frequently. When you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything, take a glance at this list to put things in perspective and remind yourself of how far you’ve come.

I would love to know what is on your reverse bucket list – what are 5 things you are proud of and grateful to have experienced?