My Reverse Bucket List

Reverse Bucket List

I came across Erika’s post about a reverse bucket list through one of those internet rabbitholes you can’t really trace the path of afterwards. And the idea really struck me. You guys know I’m a fan of making goals lists. But I think it’s important to look back every once in awhile at all of the things you’ve already accomplished. Particularly if you’re stuck in a rut or feel like you aren’t/haven’t accomplished anything lately. So here are a bunch of things that might go on a bucket list, that I’ve already done. Feel free to make your own list and send me your link!

  • Live in a foreign country. (study abroad in Australia)
  • Visit Europe.
  • Visit Paris, London, Berlin, and Madrid.
  • See the Mona Lisa in person.
  • Go to a German Christmas market.
  • Visit Australia.
  • Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Visit Asia.
  • Swim with dolphins.
  • See a glacier.
  • Go whale watching.
  • Plan & take a vacation entirely by myself. (Twice!)
  • Try online dating. (Spoiler: that worked out.)
  • Self-publish a book.
  • Attend Austin City Limits music festival.
  • Go on a cruise.
  • Visit NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago.
  • Visit all of the Great Lakes.
  • See Niagara Falls.
  • Learn a foreign language. (Spanish)
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Audition for and land a part in a play.
  • Direct a play.
  • Be a model for an art class.
  • Meet someone in-person you’ve only ever talked to online.
  • Go indoor skydiving.
  • Do a wine tasting at a vineyard.
  • Go up the Eiffel Tower.
  • Go up the St. Louis Arch.
  • See a show on Broadway.
  • See a show in Vegas.
  • See a West End show in London.
  • Have tapas in Spain.
  • Stay in a hostel.
  • Go camping for real (tent, build your own fire, cook over fire, etc.).
  • Learn to develop film & print photos in a darkroom.
  • Go kayaking on a river.
  • Go white water rafting.
  • Tour a castle.
  • Learn how to build a website.
  • Graduate college.
  • Be a bridesmaid.
  • Start a blog. Hi!
  • Open an Etsy shop and sell something to a non-family member.
  • Have a penpal.
  • Have a piece in a juried art exhibition.
  • Freelance in my field.
  • Learn to shoot a gun.
  • Adopt a dog.
  • Learn to play piano.
  • Go to a ball and waltz.
  • Attend a political rally/march in DC.
  • Go ziplining.
  • Successfully navigate a big city’s subway system.
  • Eat street food in a non-Western country.
  • Try sushi.
  • Join/start a book club.
  • Swim in/under a waterfall.
  • Buy a car on my own.
  • Paint a mural.
  • Have a job being on the radio.

There are twice that many things still on my actual bucket list, but this isn’t anything to sneeze at. I may be a tad apprehensive about the big 3-0 looming this year in comparison to where I thought I’d be life-wise, but coming up with the list makes me realize – hey, it’s not that bad. I’ve already accomplished a lot of cool things. 🙂

What’s on your reverse bucket list?


Hi, I’m Amanda!

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