Recently, the stellar Rebecca Tracey, one of my business mentors over at The Uncaged Life, posted an inspired blog piece for what to do when you are feeling like crap. We can all get wrapped up into comparing our lives to others and feeling like we are not doing enough or that we are not enough in general. In fact, I have written about my own struggles with that before here. I love learning new ways to give myself a little boost when I’m down and her Reverse Bucket List idea is a pretty quick and easy way to get your brain thinking more positively and focusing on all you have to be grateful for. Instead of a list of all the things you hope to achieve, The Reverse Bucket List, is a list of all of the things you have achieved.
To help you get your mind in a space of gratitude, consider the all experiences you’ve had- all of the wonderful experiences, like travel, falling in love, or learning something new. All of the wonderful experiences and even all of the challenging experiences. The ones you may have overcome. Even other challenges and experiences that you have learned from and that you have grown from.
Gratitude is an incredibly powerful skill for creating healing in the body and relieving stress. It can help improve relationships and increase our sense of joy! When we cultivate a sense of gratitude we tend to live more in the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or striving for some future achievement. Instead we become content with the present. Honouring and acknowledging the gift of the present.
Don’t just take my word for it, neuroscience says practicing gratitude helps to boost dopamine and serotonin, “feel-good” chemicals in your brain.
So with all of that in mind, I offer you my Reverse Bucket List of all of the experiences I am ever so grateful to have had.
- Take my yoga teacher training
- Start to love my body
- See the ruins of where Caesar was killed
- Swim in the Mediterranean
- Swim naked in the ocean
- Swim with sea turtles
- Wear a bikini and rock it!
- Heal from past trauma (at least partially)
- Fall in love
- Feel proud of how I communicate in relationships
- Become a treeplanter in Northern Ontario
- WWOOF for a summer in B.C.
- Visit every Canadian province and territory (ok, I haven’t gotten to PEI yet, but I’m comin’ for you PEI)
- Improve my second language. “Parlez vous francais?”
- Experience the loss of someone who was like a sister
- Go train-hopping from White River to Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Attend rocket science camp
- Have a career as an Environmental Scientist
- Work in a Natural History Museum as an artist
- Work in an Evolutionary Biology laboratory on a project that was published in Nature
- Dance all night under the northern lights
- Perform in a castle made of snow on a frozen lake
- Finish my B.Sc. at McGill University
- Land a lead role in my high school musical
- Ride a bike in Paris with a baguette sticking out of my basket
- Help underserved youth
- See bioluminescence. So cool! Check it out!
- Facilitate people feeling great in their bodies and about their bodies every day!
- Pay off one of my student loans (and that last one is not far off)
- Heal from an eating disorder
- Start my own business
- Help make the world a better place every day doing what I love
- Film videos of me moving my body and put them online
- Bake a pie
- Produce my own zine
- Snowmobile on the tundra
- Be the best damn daughter and sister I know how
- Learn that I’m “Internet Famous”
- See the desert
- Create a Yoga-Based Self-Regulation Program to be taught in schools
- Produce my own Yoga Nidra CDs and Yoga Therapy DVDs
- Go off to a cabin to write music for a month
- Sing Italian arias in front of judges
- Devote 7 months of my life to taking ALL THE DANCE CLASSES
- Survive depression
- Cultivate a regular yoga and meditation practice
- Run my first Body Love Retreat – The Feelin’ Good Retreat
- Become a certified Yoga Therapist
- Teach yoga classes where I am the biggest body in the room
- Be in love with myself
Whew! So often I feel unworthy about my lack of productivity. Looking at this list reminds me, it’s ok to take a break. Next I hope to add to this list that I have developed such a strong practice of self-care that my self-care is preventative, rather than necessary because I have extended myself too far. #goals
What about you? Does this list inspire you to create your own Reverse Bucket List? Post it here in the comments and tell me how looking at your Reverse Bucket List makes you feel?
Thanks for reading!