People either seem to love or hate New Years Eve. It is either a time of great excitment, an opportunity to throw out bad habits and old grievances and start afresh and renewed in a New Year where anything is possible. New Years resolutions provide an opportunity for each of us to articulate the type of person we wish to become and a foundation for achieving goals. For some though, each New Years Eve is not a happy or exciting time. Weighed down by health concerns or trapped in an unhappy job or relationship, the thought of self-improvement can feel to overwhelming, or possibly, today is a day of reflection for you rather than planning, a day to look back on your past year or life and remember all the mistakes you have made, the chances you didn’t take or the resolutions you have not kept. So this year before I commit to writing down my resolutions for the upcoming year I am taking the time to reflect on my past and write a reverse bucket list.
Now I’m sure everyone is familiar with the concept of keeping a bucket list, a list of all the amazing things you want to do in your lifetime, usually involving travel and adventurous activities or pursuing personal goals which are important to you. The reverse bucket list is not a list of activities or goals you wish to accomplish but rather a list of amazing activities and goals you have already achieved. 2016 started off amazing for me, I spent January 1st in Paris, walking over the beautiful Parisian bridges, eating Nutella crepes and watching a new years day parade on the Champs Elyse. Honestly I thought that my year was all downhill from there but when I started to write my reverse bucket list I realised I had some amazing experiences this year including being interview and appearing in two women’s magazines, having a professional magazine photo shoot, starting a blog (which some people even read!!!) and celebrating 5 years of happy marriage. When I looked back even further I found an endless amount of experiences and achievements I was extremely proud of and grateful for like swimming with dolphins, seeing the Duchess of Cambridge twice in person and visiting Disneyland.
This New Years Eve please consider taking the time to reflect on the amazing life and experiences you have had and consider writing your own Reverse bucket list of 20 aachievements or experiences you have had. Your list should be personal and full of all the things that make you proud. It could include travel experiences, overcoming significant health or family crises, meeting educational goals etc. Nothing is a silly inclusion, we all come from different backgrounds and have different values and priorities, if it makes you feel proud and happy, it merits inclusion on your list. Then if you still feel the need to write resolutions, go ahead, but doesn’t it feel amazing to see how much you have already aachieved! I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. I will see you next year!