I have been feeling pretty uninspired as of late. Maybe it’s an early life crisis. Recently I have worked towards furthering my education, but I realized I have hit many other milestones that I should be proud of.
I decided to write a reverse bucket list. Instead of what I still need to accomplish, I have decided to write a list of bucket list-like goals I have already achieved. It is time to be grateful for what I have! Everyone should try this!
- Finish University with a Honors degree.
I was diagnosed with cancer during my second year, so two operations and several courses of radiation + doctors appointments made this goal seem unattainable at times. University also allowed me to compete on the IHSA equestrian team, which provided a sense of accomplishment and normalcy.
- Have an article published.
And I got to write about horses!
- Zipline across North America.
I have ziplinned in Quebec City, Barrie, and Napa Valley
- Horseback ride in most countries I have visited.
Well the obvious is at home in Ontario, but I have also ridden GP horses in Pennsylvannia, rode on a beach in Spain, and galloped through a forest in Mexico.
- Place in a Hunter Derby.
After a fall in the warm-up, I came 10th in a National Hunter Derby. Just the victory gallop with pros like Erynn Ballard was amazing. Last year I was Reserve Champion in a smaller, but still well attended derby.
And love it enough to continue to pursue it.
- Rekindled my love of art
I started drawing again and continue to improve every day. It is amazing to me that people actually want to commission portraits!
- Have the ability and opportunity to go back to school.
It is the road I am headed on and I couldn’t be more grateful.
- Drive a horse carriage
I have wanted to do this for almost as long as I have been riding. By utter fluke, I applied for a driving job that was willing to teach me! I did that while in University and still occassionally get to fill in at weddings or drive a hay wagon.