Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Reverse Bucket List

I read an awesome article on the Mamamia website today about a Reverse Bucket List.  The article is fantastic so I encourage you to head over and read it, but in a nutshell instead of having a list of things you want to do, the reverse bucket list is having a list of all the fantastic experiences you have had.

I love the idea particularly because some of the best experiences in life are not the planned ones.  Seeing U2 would have been on my bucket list (and it makes the reverse list) but a Midnight Oil concert wouldn't have - and it still rates as the best concert I've ever been to.

So here, in no particular order and probably missing all sorts of things out, is my Reverse Bucket List.  A celebration of many of the wonderful experiences I have had and a list that I hope will continue to grow in shape and size because I'm sure life has a whole heap of fantastic experiences still to come.

Seeing Midnight Oil play one of their last concerts during a massive thunderstorm.

Seeing U2 (twice!)

Learning to dance

Turning around from looking at an Art Nouveau Metro sign to find myself in front of Notre Dame Cathedral

Eating at Tetsyuas

Buying my house

All the summers I spent as a child running wild in the bush, making cubby houses in gardens and living in such a wonderful bubble of security and safety

Visiting Machu Picchu - and managing the hike through the Andes with asthma, plus despite my fear of heights climbing Huayna Picchu (the mountain directly behind me in the photo).


Getting my first watch when I was 7.  It made me feel like such a grown up.

Graduating from university - and knowing that my formal education was finally over!

My 30th birthday party - an amazing night of pure fun with my awesome friends and that is still talked about years later (and that I couldn't find a single dignified photo from to post here).

Winning my first argument with my Dad (by argument I mean conversation of ideas, we don't fight) when I was about 19.

Being a bridesmaid for my sister and my best friend

Having my nose "done"

Seeing the sun rise over Ankor Watt (and the sun set - this photo)

Eating - frog, snail, rat, piranha, guinea pig, lama, alpaca, sea urchin, lobster, pho, and so many other unusual and delicious things.

Buying my first "little black dress" and having an ah-ha moment of this is how I want to look and dress.

I'm sure there are so many more - this list will continue to grow and change, but it does make me realise what an amazing life I've managed to have at just 32.


  1. What a fantastic concept. Rather than focusing on what we haven't got got or achieved, we should be reflecting on the experiences and things that have enriched our lives. I'd love to have my nose 'done', but am far too scared. Maybe that's one for the Bucket List ;)

    1. Z I don't think there is anything wrong with your nose, that said most people didn't really notice when I had mine done but it made me very happy! I do really think that we don't spend enough time reflecting on what we have. Having a list of goals is great, but having a list of achievements is even better.

  2. What a great concept. And I really smiled at the reference to your 30th celebrations and the lack of dignified photos! More generally, though, this post sums up so much of what I love about your blog - little shifts that can make such a difference to outlook and satisfaction levels :)

    1. Isn't it awesome? I totally wish I had thought of it, but I'm more than happy to jump on the bandwagon.

      And thank you so much for the huge complement about my blog. Given that I basically started it for myself, it is such a thrill that people read and enjoy it.