The Reverse Bucket List



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Everyone keeps talking about a bucket list, all those things they want to do while they still can.

I have made a few of these over the years, but you can get a little fed up drooling over all those things you know you will never get around to doing.

I was thinking about this, wondering why we torment ourselves with the impossible. Why not make a list of all the things we shouldn’t have done instead?

Would it supply some kind of closure, to analyse our shortcomings, and dare I say it, our complete and utter failures?

Of course, I am not going to be heavy-handed about this, just a light-hearted look at some of my less than finest hours. I shall spare you some of the worst things I have done, those I share with no one. But there are a few things I should have done differently.

  1.  I should never have married, and I should definitely not have repeated the error.
  2.  I should never have had any children either. It would have spared them (and me) so much pain and sadness.
  3.  I should never have survived the many times my health has failed me. Who knew I was so resilient!
  4.  I should never have allowed my mother to talk me out of becoming a doctor.
  5.  On a lighter note, I should never have moved all those insanely heavy paving stones all by myself, ruining both of my shoulder joints!

How many of you have regretted some of your actions in the past?

And what have you done about any of them?

19 thoughts on “The Reverse Bucket List

  1. This is such a great idea! I have a very long list, but my top contenders are:
    1. Drinking fermented mare’s milk in Mongolia.
    2. Riding a mini motorbike into a wall of tyres.
    3. Flying a quad bike off a dune in Namibia.
    But hey, I’ve survived to tell the tale!

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  2. I should never have gone to work for a friend who owed a store. Don’t do it! I should never have left Florida this last time. But these things pass. The only regrets I have are when I was insensitive to friends or didn’t do more to be there for them, but somehow most have not held this against me. Those who did revealed a side to me I hadn’t recognized before. So all in all I’m like Edith Piaf, especially when it comes to love.

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  4. Reblogged this on Stevie Turner, Indie Author. and commented:
    As we grow older we all realise there are things that we should have done differently, but we made the decisions we did when we were young and lacking the insight that comes with age. My biggest regret is thinking the dentist knew what he was talking about when I was a teenager, but really he was filling my teeth needlessly and taking lots of x-rays just to earn more money for himself, and bugger the consequences of thyroid cancer 35 years later. Great post ladies… you got me thinking!

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