Benefits of a Reverse Bucket List

Benefits of a Reverse Bucket List

It’s easy to think about all the things that you want to do and how you may not be able to do them for whatever reason.   Sometimes you get jealous of the things that other people have done because it looks like they have it all. But what we tend to forget are all of the things that we have already done. That’s what a reverse bucket list is all about.

In the midst of looking up interesting blog topics, I came across one called the reverse bucket list. Basically, instead of writing down everything that you want to do, you write down everything that you have already done. Things that you are proud of accomplishing. It is rather encouraging. As a Psychology minor, I came across many studies about how reliving past experiences that were meaningful and positive can help people deal with emotional issues like unhappiness or loneliness. Thinking about the things that you have accomplished can “boost your happiness levels and turn your weaknesses into strengths” according to Psychology Today.

I made a bucket list for this year for all of the things that I want to see, places I want to visit, events that I would love to attend, and skills that I aspire to learn. I will say that my bucket list does give me a little anxiety because I feel that I may push myself to far and I have a fear of failing. It is also a constant reminder of all the things that I put off doing for so long and I should probably get a move on them. But I will say it does give me the motivation to just try. If I don’t try I will never know what I am capable of doing. There have been many times where I compare my life to other people who have done far more amazing things than me and it did bring me down because I did not think that I was capable of doing any of those activities. But, I learned to break away from that. When I made my reverse bucket list I was trying to think of all the big milestones that I have accomplished, but I started to get a bit frustrated when I couldn’t think of anymore. I read it over and over and realized that I was overlooking some of my smaller accomplishments. The big ones are great, but I had some great memories about the smaller ones as well. Even though there are so many thing that I have yet to do, looking at my list I have accomplished quite a lot in my time.

My Reverse Bucket List

  • I graduated from college in December of 2017. I honestly did not think it would happen because I changed my major so much, but when I received an email from my advisor saying I  was a candidate for graduation I wanted to cry.

    Graduation Selfie
    December 2017 Graduation
  • I paid for majority of my school tuition on my own. Financial Aid was granted to me, but for the most part I paid for my tuition and books out of pocket.
  • I spent the summer alone in London for an internship in 2016. That was my first time traveling out of the country by myself. I was over there for 8 weeks and it was one of the best experiences of my life. If you are interested in doing an internship abroad, I would recommend using Global Experiences.
  • I went to a movie premiere in while in London. It was for the movie Absolutely Fabulous and I got to see some of the stars walking down the red carpet.
  • I’ve traveled to London about 3 times since my internship. It has become one of my favorite places to visit and I’m already making plans to visit again this year.
  • I traveled to Italy. This was my first trip abroad and I went with two of my best friends. It was an unbelievable trip and I can’t wait to visit that beautiful country again.
  • I went on a wine tour in Italy. This was my first wine tour and it was in a country that is famous for its wine. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me.
  • I saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I did not get to take one of the funny photos that many people take, but I’m happy to say that I actually had the opportunity to see it in person and learn the history behind it.

    Leaning Tower of Pisa
    The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • I toured the Vatican and was able to be apart of the crowd that Pope Francis said a prayer over.
  • I started a blog. The idea of starting a blog had crossed my mind numerous times, but I just did not have the courage or time to start one. After I graduated, I told myself 2018 would be the year for trying new things and here I am.
  • I was a bridesmaid. I had the opportunity to be a bridesmaid in one of my best friends weddings in 2016. It was in New Orleans and I was truly honored to be able to stand by her side on her special day.




It may seem like bragging, but one should be proud of their accomplishments. I encourage you make one for yourself and see how good it makes you feel. You do not have to share it with anyone if you are not comfortable, but let it serve as a reminder for how far you have come in life.

Do you have a reverse bucket list? What are thoughts about them?

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