Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 8 years, you’ve probably heard of a Bucket List. There was this big movie that came out about it back in 2007… maybe you heard of it? ;) Well, there’s been a new trend going around the inter webs this year and it’s called the Reverse Bucket List.
I’ve had a traditional bucket list for a long time now. A rolling list of things I want to do and places I want to see before I die. It’s definitely an inspirational list and I can assure you that if I accomplish even a third of what’s on it I will have lived a pretty kick-ass life!
So what’s different about a reverse bucket list? Well, a reverse bucket list is where you sit down and write down all of the things that you have already accomplished! It’s as simple as that! (Or so I thought)
It wasn’t until I sat down to create my own reverse bucket list that I realized it really wasn’t that simple. With a traditional bucket list, it’s easy to open your mind up to new possibilities. It’s easy to imagine all of the things that you hope to accomplish and the places you dream of visiting.
A reverse bucket list, on the other hand, requires a mindset shift of sorts. Instead of dreaming and planning, it requires reflection and gratitude. You wouldn’t think it would be hard to list your accomplishments but often times we tend to belittle our own achievements, thinking that they are not as grandiose as we would like or as exciting as other stories we have heard.
When I sat down to write out my own reverse bucket list, it took me hours! Not because I haven’t done awesome things, but because I kept editing myself. I would cross things off thinking “Nah, that’s not special enough” or “Everyone has done that“.
It wasn’t until I approached my reverse bucket list from a gratitude perspective that it really started to take off. I began to realize that just because an item didn’t sound like a big deal to others, that didn’t mean it was not special or important to me. Once my list was done, I reflected on it for a while and realized how grateful I am for the adventures I have had and how proud I am of my accomplishments.
At first I thought this was just going to be a fun little list to make. A cute way to showcase my adventures. What I didn’t expect was the wave of gratitude that came over me when I read it in it’s entirety. What’s great about this reverse bucket list too, is that I can keep adding to it! (and I’m grateful for that too!)
What are the TOP 3 accomplishments in your life that you would add to your own Reverse Bucket List? Do me a favor and let me know in the comments below, will ya? (http://www.bohoberry.com/reverse-bucket-list/)