I saw this on Age Groups Rock and loved it and decided to do my own.
As she explains:
Essentially, it’s a list of all the wonderful things you’ve already done. Not the ones you WANT to do.
It isn’t supposed to be a brag or a “look at me and the special things I’ve done” list. It’s just a bit of reflection and an attempt to stay focused on the positives. Sometimes, we fall short of our own expectations, or we see others who’ve far exceeded the expectations we set for ourselves. For a second, we can forget how awesome we are.
Accomplishments are something to be proud of but they do not determine your value. A Reverse Bucket List should make you feel motivated and inspired to be the person you want to be.
So here I go:
1. Spent my junior year of college in France studying French at the Universite de Nice. (I switched from being a Math major to a French major so I could do this.)
2. Went skiing in the Alps (during my junior year abroad). It was my first time skiing EVER.
3. Rode a jet ski in the Caribbean (on my honeymoon)
4. Went snorkeling off the coast of the Virgin Islands (also on my honeymoon.)
5. Went to a rain forest in Puerto Rico.
6. Saw the Wailing Wall in Israel.
7. Saw the Acropolis in Greece.
8. Visited Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France. (Monet is one of my favorite painters.)
9. Went to the top of Mont Blanc.
10. Went to a Mets baseball game (at Shea stadium, Expo Stadium and Wrigley Field)
11. Saw the Mona Lisa, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, etc. in Paris. (I went many times with students, with my SIL but my favorite time was the one by myself on the way to visit my friend in Holland.)
12. I won a Teacher of the Year award while teaching French.
I taught French here for 22 years.
13. Went white water rafting in Jackson Hole, WY.
14. Saw a geyser in Yellowstone National Park.
Old Faithful – Aug. 2003
15. Visited the Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon – Sept. 2004
16. Went to Russia 3 times and stayed with a wonderful girl, Anna (whom I am still in contact with).
Family dinner in Kursk – Apr. 2006
17. Saw Billy Joel and Elton John perform in concert.
18. Competed in USTA Nationals (in Palm Springs).
Our 2.5 team – Oct. 2002
19. Started taking annual girl trips (to Naples and other places.) We’ve taken 17 trips together already.
Naples, FL – May, 2010
20. Watched many famous tennis players play at the US Open.
Kim Cljsters – 2009 (the year she won)
21. Starting running at age 55 – the best decision I ever made.
Freihofer’s 5K – June, 2008
(with my 2 friends that started me running)
22. Ran 7 Half Marathons.
my first – Jan. 2011
23. Ran several destinations race (2 in California & 2 in Florida.)
10 Mile race in Palm Springs – Jan 2014
24. Climbed to the top of several lighthouses. (I love the ocean & lighthouses.)
Ponce Inlet, FL (Jan 2013)
25. Went back to school and switched careers from French to Technology. (Never got burnt out as a teacher. Love all things techie so it is perfect.)
at a technology conference with Heike, one of the many techies
that I connected with through the past 15 years
26. Got matched with Amanda through a Mentors & Moms program. (So now I have a pseudo daughter & 2 grandsons.)
with Richard (7), Amanda (23) & Matthew(2)
– Dec. 2013
27. Took a carriage ride through Central Park
with friends – Dec. 2013
28. Learned to quilt (I have completed many full-size quilts.)
this one I made for a friend’s grandson
29. Learned to knit. ( I have only knitted socks & hats so far.)
30. Have seen the sunrise over the Atlantic ocean
Daytona Beach – Jan. 2013
31. Have seen the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico
Naples – Nov. 2010
32. Learned to play mah jongg.
closed $.50 hand (only one hand that is better)
It is amazing how many things that I am proud that I have accomplished in my lifetime so far.
I feel very fortunate that when I was younger I did a fair amount of traveling that financially I cannot do now. (If I win the lottery I will do more.)
Happy Running! What items are on your “Reverse Bucket List”?