My Reverse Bucket List

Table Mountain in Cape Town.

As you probably know, a bucket list is a list of things you still want to do before you “kick the bucket”. But what about the great things you’ve already done? 

Looking back at the things you’ve already done – creating a reverse bucket list – is a good way to practise gratitude and to motivate yourself to work on your bucket list of things you still want to do in the future.

I present to you my reverse bucket list: a backwards look at adventures and accomplishments from my past.


Visited Disneyland and Universal Studios in Los Angeles, USA.

Visited the Hawaiian islands and watched a parade.

Maui, Hawaii.

Walked on top of Table Mountain, one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

Saw Coldplay live.

Visited Robben Island on which Nelson Mandela was a prisoner for 18 years.

Climbed a huge sand dune in Namibia.

Took horse riding lessons.

Snorkelled in Mozambique.

(For more about Mozambique, read my article A Traveller’s Guide to Mozambique.)

Paddled on the Orange River for three days and slept under the stars.

Spent a month in Germany living with a German family as part of an exchange program.

Memmingen, Germany.

Gambled at Grandwest Casino (only once).

Explored the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Saw Pablo Picasso’s Guernica.

Sang karaoke in a bar.

Saw Lord of The Dance live (it was incredible!).

Vacationed in Mauritius.


Graduated from university and obtained two degrees.

Learned three additional languages: English, German and French.

Became a managing editor of a successful online news publication, The Typewriter International.

Became the sub-editor of my university’s student paper.

Learned to surf.

Won a general knowledge radio show, GK Teens.

Danced solo on stage.

Sold two short stories.

Competed in Lifesaving SA provincial championships and won a medal.

Fell in love.

Learned to ride a bicycle.

What’s on your reverse bucket list? I encourage you to create one and share it in the comment section below.

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