A few posts ago, I shared my current bucket list—the always-shifting list of things I want to see and do. Like learning to tango in Argentina and riding the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps.
But while it’s really exhilarating to look forward, I think it’s also really important to look back. To celebrate our lives, our successes, the breathtaking moments we’ve already lived. To pause and be grateful.
So today I’m going to share a reverse bucket list. A collection of wild, wonderful memories gone by. Things I’ve already done. Things I’m grateful for.
The list got a little long, so I’ll be sharing it in two installments.
But enough introduction. Onto the main event.
The reverse bucket list (things I’ve accomplished):
Visit every continent except Antarctica
The skinny: I hit my last continent (Europe) for the first time right before I moved to Denver in 2007. It was a long-time goal of mine to visit each truly habitable continent and it was exhilarating to book that last ticket.
Hold a baby kangaroo
Chase a giraffe
Go on safari in Africa. (Thrice.)
Visit Macchu Picchu and climb Winu Picchu
See the stars with no light pollution (Africa)
Visit a refugee camp
Photo by United Nations.
Start a business
Visit Victoria Falls and eat kudu, crocodile, ostrich, and warthog
The skinny: Once a month during my stay in Africa, we splurged on a fancy hotel in Victoria Falls, where we ate at a stunning and unique buffet and took walks around the falls themselves.
Climb to a remote village in the Thai mountains
The skinny: In 2001, I spent my summer volunteering in northern Thailand. We mostly stayed in Chiang Mai, teaching English to university students, but we did get to take one short trip into the mountains, where we slept on the floor of an old wooden church and dodged jumping spiders.
Go rock climbing
Go white water rafting
Live and write in Paris
The skinny: Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to rent a small studio in charming Montmartre, Paris, where I spent about five weeks writing, exploring the city, and visiting with my lovely expat friends.
Stay tuned next week for the second half of this list and a few thoughts on gratitude.
What’s on your reverse bucket list?