I don’t remember where I came across this concept, but I love the idea. Basically, instead of a list of things that I want to achieve, an anti-bucket list is a list of things that I have achieved. I often feel like I haven’t done very much, and putting this together was a great way to show myself that actually I’ve achieved quite a lot, despite only being 21!
(Trigger warnings: mentions of suicide and self-harm).
- I’ve graduated from university and am currently working towards my Masters in Publishing
- I’ve got my driver’s license (even though I’m scared of driving!)
- I’ve blogged for over 2 years, and have over 500 followers on both WordPress and Twitter
- I’ve got through some of the worst mental health that I’ve ever experienced. I am no longer suicidal or want to self-harm, and I no longer have paranoid episodes. Woo hoo!
- Created the Mental Health Book Bingo, an endeavour which I am ridiculously proud of.
- Came out to my friends and family – even though it didn’t always go well, I was true to myself, which is all that matters.
- Worked at the mental health charity MIND and currently volunteer for the mental health charity Nightline.
- Made a number of amazing friends who I have shared good and bad times with
- Met my boyfriend, certifiably the most amazing person I have ever had the honour of knowing
This was such a positive exercise – I would definitely recommend putting together a list like this for when you’re feeling low. x