This month’s The Circle Linkup is all about what you already crossed off of your bucket list. It’s such a neat and different idea. I feel we take so much time putting down things we want to accomplish in life, and rarely take a step back to admire all that you have already accomplished.
I don’t think I’ve accomplished much in my life – or at least nothing extremely big. But this mindset is what inspired me to join in this month. I should appreciate all that I’ve done, and all my experiences. So here’s a (very) short list of my reverse bucket list.
1. Travelled the world
Or at least a little bit of it. But my mother always told me traveling is the best way of knowing the place, the people and the culture. I’m thankful for all the memories they’ve provided us by taking us in these amazing trips. So far, apart from my exchange year abroad, my favorite trip was to Machu Picchu, in Peru.
2. Did an exchange year abroad
I was called Peter Pan till I was 16 – for fear of growing up. That’s when my parents decided to send me to an exchange year to Germany. I was able to learn a new language, make new friends, and make my own memories. I hated leaving my friends, but it was by far the best experience I had growing up. And let me tell you.. I thought school was hard in Portuguese… nothing compares to having physics and math in German. Nope!
3. Got my B.A
My parents are rockstars. No, truly. They put me through school and somehow put us through school in the US (which we all know is not cheap). I was able to graduate and have zero student loans to worry about. (seriously, that’s the one thing I want to provide my kids with, given the opportunity).
4. Married my best friend
I know half the people roll their eyes at reading “my best friend”. I was one of you too. I was. But that was before you realize that when something happens, he’s the first you want to call, he’s in all your best memories, he’s the first one on your txt history. He’s always there. You don’t remember, almost, a time when he wasn’t part of your story. Not that you don’t have wonderful memories of your friends, but people who think like I do, know what I mean.
5. Packed up and left
It’s funny how in the movies you see people leaving behind their lives to follow love. And it’s all fun and games, until you have to actually do it. I can’t say for everyone else, but when we had to move back to Brazil after my father was done with his mission, I never really went back. Somehow, in the short 2 years we’ve lived here, I grew roots. My heart knew, even before I realized, that this would be the place to call home.
I think it’s wonderful that I will be able to share our story with our kiddos and encourage them to fly. There truly are no boundaries to love.
6. Ran a 5k
Not only a 5k, but the happiest 5k on the planet. And trust me, happy it was. Now I want to do another one – just because of how much fun it was.
I loved taking a minute remembering the accomplishments I can already cross off my list. I wish there were even more to add, but soon enough I hope to. That’s an idea.. maybe revisit this in 5 or 10 years and see how far I’ve come to accomplish it.