When listening to the radio recently, I heard about an interesting idea called the ‘reverse bucket list.’
For those who don’t know, the reverse bucket list is simply a list of what you have accomplished in life, instead of what you have not yet been able to accomplish.
I found this idea intriguing because it encourages people to really think about, and appreciate, what they have done in life. It fits with something I wrote in a 2015 column, where I explained how people tend to only focus on how to get from point A to point B, and forget to enjoy the small moments. With this reverse bucket list idea, instead of looking at how to just get between those two points, and possibly getting frustrated that they haven’t got to point B yet, they instead would focus on all of the things they have done thus far.
Personally, I think we all need to spend more time reflecting on the things we’ve already done and remembering fond memories from those times. I also don’t think many people truly recognize how many things they have accomplished in their lives, because the focus is always, ‘what is next on my list to do.’
As a reporter, I understand how quickly life tends to rush by. Each week, as soon as we finish one news cycle, another begins, and the focus quickly shifts from the previous week to getting things ready for the next paper. However, at some times when I am feeling like things are moving slower than I hoped on certain stories, or I am feeling less accomplished, I simply take a moment to look at stories I felt were successes and to remind myself of the circle of people, such as friends or family, who care about me.
I think, through this kind of reflection, people can see how they’ve grown through experience in their career or in life in general, and can see just how important or accomplished they truly are.
As well, some goals can be large in nature and so seem far away. With this list, people can reflect on the small things they’ve done to eventually reach these large goals.
With the Christmas season here, and with it being the final month of 2017, I think, now is the perfect time to reflect on our accomplishments. I encourage people to write their own reverse bucket list.
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