We all have a number of experiences or achievements that we hope to have or accomplish during our lifetime or a certain period in time. As humans, it is natural that we strive to achieve these things before our set deadlines. It can get super frustrating when these things are not achieved as desired or if it takes us longer to tick off something on our bucket list.
Rarely do we ever stop to think or write a reverse bucket list highlighting our current achievements or the amazing things we have already experienced in life. Instead, once we achieve something, we are racing to the next item and then the next and it becomes a chain cycle.
It’s 14 days to my 24th and so I have decided to do something a little different prepping for this new age. Instead of writing or revisiting bucket lists, I am writing a reverse bucket list which will allow me actually acknowledge my wins and enjoy these little moments.
- Reverse Bucket List 1: Life – Being alive and waking up everyday is something amazing I am currently experiencing. Sincerely, we don’t know what tomorrow holds or even the next second. So being alive and healthy is definitely something on my reverse bucket list I am grateful for. Being alive everyday gives me a second chance to do things right and be the best version of myself.
- Reverse Bucket List 2: Graduation – On your bucket list might be the opportunity to graduate. Mine wasn’t just graduating, but getting done at a certain time. I might be street smart and have the ability to hold intellectual conversations, but the truth is I disliked school and almost pushed myself through it. Due to this, I knew I wanted to be done by a certain time and so I worked hard towards doing so. Being a graduate is something I have however taken for granted in the last few months, because the truth is the real world is actually tougher than being in school. Looking back, I would have stayed in school longer if I knew. But hey! this is on my reverse bucket list because it’s a personal achievement I worked hard to obtain.
- Reverse Bucket List 3: Wovenblends/Being a business owner – It is so funny how achievements are a huge thing when they have not been obtained and the moment we obtain them, they become nothing. Wovenblends is a huge part of me and although I sometimes get discouraged with growth and social media, there is still a sense of satisfaction I get from being on here. It’s been three years and that seems like a lot of time to achieve much in the blogging world especially when comparing yourself to others. My reverse bucket list helps me realize that I have done a good job with this platform and it is a good resource even if it’s just one individual constantly on here. Also, let me not quickly forget I was able to start a business while in Nigeria even though it was short term. My business helped me achieve success in the time it was run and I would do it all over again just with more solid structure this time around.
- Reverse Bucket List 4: Independence – Being independent is an amazing feeling and although I sometimes find myself complaining about the burden that comes with adulthood. I am super grateful I can stand on my feet alone and fend for myself. I am delighted I learnt what it meant to be independent at an early stage in my life and this I would not trade for the world.
- Reverse Bucket List 5: See Africa – I am Nigerian and have been to other International countries, but up until September 2017, I had never visited another African Country. Being able to visit Kenya and Zanzibar in September last year created amazing memories I am grateful for. It opened my eyes to what life in other African countries is like. I definitely can’t wait to do more African travelling.
Creating a reverse bucket list is interesting and its an amazing way to actually just catch some fresh air and stop being hard on yourself. It’s a reminder that your current achievements are valid and there’s no rush to tick the next thing off your bucket list. Enjoy the moment because every moment counts.
Now that you’ve read my reverse bucket list, I challenge you to create yours – either in the comment section or on your own and be amazed at how many things you’ve actually enjoyed or are currently enjoying.
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