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A Reverse Bucket List Can Bring Seniors Joy and Contentment
Lots of people, including those of you who live in the Westminster Village community, may have a bucket list. A whole movie was made about two guys who made a “bucket list” and then checked off all the things that they wanted to see and do before the end of their lives. But, now there’s a new idea making the rounds – a reverse bucket list.
A bucket list might include all the places that you still want to visit in your life. Tropical paradises, historic battle sites, major cities or like one couple is doing, visiting every Cracker Barrel restaurant in the United States. Your list might also include things that you want to experience like skydiving, becoming a world-class chef, or learning to play the cello. All these things might make you a little happier or give you great satisfaction.
A reverse bucket list makes seniors think about the past
While a bucket list is about doing. A reverse bucket list is about thinking and remembering. Thinking about all the things you’ve already accomplished. All the things that made you feel successful or happy. A reverse bucket list means that you list or think about everything you’ve already done and seen. The list doesn’t have to be long. It’s your list and no one else has to ever see it.
You might include the day your children were born. Or the day that you got your dream job. Or the award you won for writing a newspaper article or winning the basketball sectional. Your list might include memorable events you shared with your spouse or best friend. Memories spark more things to put on the list. What about that trip to Alaska or England that you took when you were still in school or between years or with a group or club?
Seniors will think about their successes with a reverse bucket list
A bucket list may actually cause stress for some people. List makers need to mark things off their lists. Unmarked things are rolled over to another day. Anything not finished can make one feel unsuccessful. But the reverse bucket list doesn’t cause stress. The main thing about a reverse bucket list is to be grateful for the big and little things you’ve already done in your life.
One blog author said that a reverse bucket list is also about nostalgia. Usually, when you think about the past you remember those things that were positive or meaningful. Or, it can generate regrets. But a reverse bucket list can help to mitigate regrets. If one thing wasn’t done or didn’t turn out the way we wanted, others, many others, did, and the reverse bucket list reminds us of that. Working on this positive list can help you when you’re feeling:
- Tired or old
No matter what the reason, taking time to list the things that you’ve already done and celebrating a life well-lived can be a great mental exercise for those cold winter months ahead. As you sit in your warm home or apartment this winter, remember that the last item on the list might just be your decision to move into a retirement community with a lifestyle that has much to offer. And with that thought in mind, go enjoy a hot drink or warm desert at one of the Westminster Village dining venues and begin making new memories to add to your future reverse bucket list.
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team