There are still so many things I haven’t achieved in my life. Some days I dwell on it – I am getting old after all. To give myself a slice of happiness I put together a reverse bucket list.

A reverse bucket list is an appreciation of the things I HAVE done in my life, rather than the things I’m yet to tick off that list. I HAVE done amazing things. I HAVE lived a full life up until this point. I HAVE achieved.

  1. Taken a flight on my own

It doesn’t seem like much but when I was younger I always used to think the thought of travelling alone was a big deal. I’ve done lots of travelling along now, courtesy of work, and even done some pretty scary connecting flights! When it comes to work, I actually prefer travelling alone.

  1. Went travelling

In 2015 I took four months out from work to go travelling. I love being on holiday and there were so many places on my list that I was able to tick off at once. Wanting this opportunity, so I was prepared to quit my job for it but luckily I was able to come back to the job I had. I traveled across North America, ticking off a huge number of places and experiences from my actual bucket list!

Reverse bucket list

  1. Completed a swimathon

Two, actually! I am the laziest, most sloth like creature you can ever meet at times – but when I set myself a goal, boy, do I follow through. The first Swimathon I was fully committed to, in the run up to the big day I was swimming three times a week. The second Swimathon – not so. I hadn’t been swimming for months and 100 laps of my local pool practically killed my legs.

  1. Watched the sunset

When I was travelling I visited the beach in sunny Florida. On one of our first evenings we headed to the sandy shores and watched the sunset. It’s the only time I’ve ever watched one.

Reverse bucket list

  1. Lost weight

Most people want to lose weight at some point in their lives, at least most say they do. A lot of people don’t follow it through, or expect it to happen overnight. I guess I’m one of the few who have stuck at it and I’m 56 lb down. It’s very easy to forget that when I focus on the 28 lbs I’ve got left.

  1. Crossed the Golden Gate Bridge

This was something that I personally wouldn’t have put on my bucket list, but when I did do it, it was one of the stand out moments of my life. It’s such an iconic location, and crossing it summed up everything about travelling. Adventure, seeing the sights, being a million miles away from normal, working life.

Reverse bucket list

  1. Fallen in love

I’m fortunate enough to have already met my soul mate. Love is simply indescribable – and I’m not going to try and sum it up here.

  1. Met one of my heroes

As you can see from number 5, weight loss has been a huge part of my life in recent years – and there’s one man that’s been there every step of the way. Shaun T. In February 2016 I was lucky enough to go to a live Shaun T workout in Manchester, and it was one of the best and most memorable days of my life! I’ll probably remember it forever, and I can only hope he comes back to do it all over again.

So for your own slice of happiness when you feel like your days are slipping by – I fully recommend you sit down and put together your own reverse bucket list.

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