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13 March 2010 @ 03:33 am
[meme] Awesome Things (A Reverse Bucket List)  
(Did you know that if you take allergy medicine on an empty stomach [and by empty, I mean I hadn't eaten or drank anything all day], you will end up passing out on the couch for approximately six hours? After being dizzy and nauseous? Learn from me, eat first!)

I am a list maker. Mostly I make To Do lists, daily lists and lifetime lists and everything in between, including To Read and To Watch and To Buy lists. The other day, jenna_thorn posted about the opposite of a Bucket List (and she, in turn, was inspired by celli's reverse bucket list), and I was intrigued by it.

Basically, the Reverse Bucket List is a list of things of awesome (cool, interesting, entertaining, fun, etc.) things you have already accomplished (as opposed to the things you want to do before you die). Part of the reason I'm so interested in this is that I turn thirty on my next birthday and I love milestone birthdays.

I am still working on my list, but I'm really curious about yours. What are the awesome things you've done? (Based on your definition of awesome, of course.)

Awesome Things (A Reverse Bucket List)(in progress)

+ Got my motorcycle license and rode some fantastic motorcycles
+ Planned and executed a wonderful 50th anniversary for my parents
+ Spent my childhood summers traveling across country with my father in his big truck
+ Earned a B.A. (with honors) in writing and publishing, the first person in my family to graduate from college
+ Worked the most amazing legal job ever in Redmond, Washington
+ Published book reviews, short stories, poetry, articles, and columns
+ Spent an amazing summer working as a live-in nanny in Ohio and California based on a last-minute whim
+ Hawaii, just everything I've ever done in Hawaii
+ Explored Barcelona with friends and no chaperons during high school
+ Edited hundreds of stories, mostly for friends and family, and got to read some of the most amazing writing ever
+ Talked writing and the creative process with one of my favorite actors and did not sound like an idiot
+ Participated in (and frequently started) guerrilla poetry performances
+ Rocked some major book signings and book releases while working at the bookstore (including a Clinton signing)

Show me your lists!
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Jeni Belljeniwrites on March 13th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
I love this list! Barcelona in high school -- wow. I will add "go to Barcelona" to my bucket list, and will think about a reverse bucket list (because it sounds like fun). Hope this semester is going well!
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on March 17th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Barcelona is amazing. We went to Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, and somewhere on Mallorca, and Barcelona was by far my favorite place.

The reverse bucket list is really encouraging. The more I think about it, the more I spend time remembering the ways in which I am awesome, and the more I feel awesome about life now, too.

The semester is going, at the very least. Less than two months until graduation! Thanks.
a2zmoma2zmom on March 13th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
You have done some very awesome things.
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on March 17th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It is so easy to forget what's already been done and instead focus on all the things I haven't done yet.
new killer star: superman by duetobislollipop on March 14th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
this is a fabulous idea! I love it! And you have had some great times, man!
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on March 17th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I am really enjoying doing this, and will have a second part up soon. It's good to focus on what I have done instead of all the things I still want to do.
starshinedownstarshinedown on March 14th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
You have awesome timing; it's good for me to remember the accomplishments. :)

I'll be thinking on this!
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on March 17th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
The timing was excellent for me, too. I've been feeling very unaccomplished (and much like a failure), despite coming to the end of law school, and I think it's important to remember the ways we are awesome.

I can't wait to see your list!