We each have a bucket list.
Mine is pretty long.
I want to travel around Eastern Europe (and everywhere else in the world), own my own business, wear leggings all day every day, go to Disney World (I know – I can’t believe I’ve never been either), own an old farmhouse, and most of all, someday be a wife and mother. S
Our lives are a constant list of things we “want” to do. Some things are small – we want to get that load of laundry folded today, if we get a chance – while others are big – we want to travel to Prague – someday. But, what about the things we’ve already done? The big things we’ve accomplished? Those things belong on our reverse bucket list – the list of things we’ve already accomplished in our lives.
Some of my reverse bucket list items were intentional. I set out on a path to meet a certain goal or destination. Others weren’t intentional, but they happened just as they were supposed to.
Here are five items from my reverse bucket list:
Graduating from college. I took a less conventional route to college. Despite having the grades, test scores, and extracurriculars to get me in virtually anywhere I wanted to go, I went to the local community college right out of high school. I made it a year and a half into their nursing program before realizing I absolutely did not want to be a nurse. I took a couple of semesters off, then re-enrolled for a year of general ed classes before transferring to the University of Tennessee where I finished my degree and had two and a half of the best years, ever. It wasn’t the smoothest of roads to get there, but I’m so proud of my degree, and to be an alum of the University of Tennessee.
Moving to Nashville. I was babysitting when I made the decision to move to Nashville. Sitting at their dining room table, the kids in bed, working on a writing assignment, I heard God whisper “Nashville” and I knew I needed to be there. It took me a few more years – I had to finish that whole college thing – but I did it, and it was easily one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Everyone needs that experience of being on their own and forced to figure out the messy maze of life without someone to swoop in and fix it for them.
Visiting London – and Paris. I’ve wanted to go to London as long as I can remember. I finally just booked a ticket and went in April. My cousin was living there at the time, so that helped convince me to board a plane and just go. I added an overnight trip to Paris on a whim. Little did I know, the international travel bug would bite hard. Now, I can’t keep myself in the United States. If all goes well, I’ll add one more overseas trip to my roster before the year is out.
Losing 100lbs. I spent more or less my entire life being the “big girl.” Making a lifestyle change – not a diet, that’s key – is the single greatest thing I’ve done for myself. My health can’t be replaced. I’ve worked hard to get this far and I’ll continue to work hard to achieve my next set of goals.
Becoming a barre instructor. Two years ago, who would have thought one of my very favorite things in the world would be to stand up in front of a room of (mostly) women and teach a fitness class? Not me. I was still snagging a spot in the back row, ideally the corner, in Pure Barre classes and hoping no one would notice if I came out of chair for a few seconds. Now, all I want to do is teach barre and group fitness classes. Soon enough. (Think – bucket list)
With luck, this list will continue to grow over time – more countries, more opportunities, homes, families, and perhaps a trip to Disney World. In an age where we seem to spend so much time gunning for whatever is next, sometimes, it’s good to sit down and look at what’s already happened.
What’s one item on your reverse bucket list?