Everyone knows by now what a bucket list is, yes? If we didn’t know the expression before the Morgan Freeman/Jack Nicholson movie, we surely learned it then: it’s “a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.” The unspoken part being: before we kick the bucket.
There’s also the Reverse Bucket List (RBL), which, especially for us over-50 adventurers, provides life satisfaction. The Reverse Bucket List contains all the things you’ve already accomplished, and that make you feel proud/happy/satisfied.
My own list is dwarfed by so many of you, who’ve traveled the world and dug deep, published books, and raised families. But there are a few reverse bucket list items that still make me feel good, Like:
I scuba-dived with a giant spotted leopard ray. She swam right over me. It was a WOW, ninety feet under the surface of the ocean.
We now have a (miniscule) studio in New York City, greatest city in the world.
I changed careers at age 39, to do work that made sense for me. I’ve never come close to earning what I did in real estate, but the happiness quotient went sky-high.
I marched with over 1,000,000 other people in Washington, D.C. for women’s healthcare rights. And still on my personal bucket list: lunch in Paris, singing in public, a cruise down the Rhine, becoming native-level in a foreign language.
And, since we’re a community of stylish women (yet so much more), here are some of the fashion-specific accomplishments on my RBL.
I learned to buy second hand, somewhere in my 50’s. I know, what took me so long? Now it’s completely changed my style and how I view my wardrobe. And I can afford to buy Really Nice things (see below) at crazy prices.
I bought a black fine-wool Versace pantsuit, with tags on, at the local thrift store, for $100. I’ve only worn the jacket piece, not the whole suit together, for no good reason. Must remedy that asap.
I accepted my fine, thin hair and got wiggy. I still wear my biological hair out and about, but I’ve lost my shyness about wearing a wig. It’s a fab hat with hair attached. 😊
Please tell us what’s on your Reverse Bucket List, and stay fabulous, xo,
Here’s some pretty pieces to browse:
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