I have a daily newsletter subscription from Fast Company and one of the most interesting things I’ve read from them is the “Reverse Bucket List“. It’s basically listing down the things that you have already done – of which you are grateful for or proud of – rather than listing down things that you want to do in the future. They said that yearly bucket lists are always rather daunting to follow. It’s like a long term to-do list so it’s easy to be overwhelmed by it and be disappointed that you haven’t done so much things in life. We’re usually so caught up on moving forward and doing more (or caught up on past and present heartbreaks, grudges or strong emotions) that we neglect to see the things that we have already achieved.
The content of this list doesn’t have to be tangible. It’s not always about winning a prize or a place. Sometimes it’s also improving oneself, making and keeping relationships, forming good habits. It’s kind of a brag list that you can look at every time you feel down. Because it’s never bad to also recognize the good things that you have done. Below will be my list.
In typing these, I felt giddy and I was jumping up and down deep inside. To remember all these wins makes me feel so good, I can’t help but internally cheer myself on! I’d say that almost all of these, I never thought I’d be able to do years ago. I fucking promise. But here I am. And I as grow wiser, my goals get bigger. To some, my list might look so mundane and normal, but I can’t help it – I feel really proud of these.
I urge whoever is reading to go do a list of their own. Go read the article of Fast Company to understand how it works, and then write! Don’t hold yourself down if you’re one of those pessimist masochistic types – be proud! And please be proud of the good things. Go do! It is an easy hack to lifting up your spirits.