We need to dream, but how often do we count our dreams fulfilled? Last month I blogged my bucket list, a list of things I want to do before I die. But Nora Dunn at Wisebread recommends starting with a reverse bucket list of worthy things you have already done. Reviewing the most meaningful life experiences may help in choosing which dreams to hold onto. Here are some events and accomplishments that have deeply moved me or influenced who I am. Some unpleasant things have also had a big impact, but I will stick to the positive.
- Lived beside one of the Great Lakes
- Planted an herb garden
- Learned to play the piano
- Studied the night sky free of light pollution
- Sailed solo
- Cruised the Inside Passage at midsummer (and saw orcas)
- Raised a cedar waxwing and enjoyed his company for 14 years
- Spent a summer surveying the ecology of Ontario’s Carolinian Forest
- Achieved a Bachelor of Science in biology
- Fell in love a few different ways
- Camped on the beach at Pacific Rim National Park
- Attended a powwow
- Attended the births of my two daughters
- Came out as a gay man
- Participated annually in the Breeding Bird Survey
- Finished NaNoWriMo twice
- Built a life together with my partner
- Explored the Maritimes with my daughters
- Self-published a chapbook of my poetry
- Composed a piece of choral music and participated in its performance
- Helped build the 31-stop pipe organ at St. James Anglican Church Dundas
- Learned to weave
These are arranged very roughly in chronological order. The list actually reached 35 points, then I tried to cut it back to 20, but clearly I cannot find two more to prune out. This exercise gives me a sensation of having lived a full life already.
It reminds me what a rich and varied country Canada is. I had to cut numerous other important travels out, but they were all important. I do not need to venture far to learn even more about nature and myself. Still travel affects me deeply and I would like to pursue my dreams of visiting new places and cultures.
Do your own reverse bucket list. Post it as a comment, or post it on your own block and provide a link back here so I can read it. What do you learn from it?