The Reversed Bucket List

Everyone has a bucket list. If it’s not written down, you have it in your head. If you don’t have those things that you still want to do, goals to accomplish, places you want to travel to, then I honestly feel sad for you. Anyway. vielleichtinteressant made a reversed bucket list on her blog a while ago, and it’s basically a list of all the things that you have already done, experienced or accomplished. I thought this was amazing because sometimes we manage to forget how great our lives actually are.

  • I swam with dolphins in Florida
  • I’ve seen the Northern Lights – not only north of the Arctic Circle in Norway but I’ve also been fortunate enough to live in a place called Jasper, Canada for a while where I saw them several times a month
  • For my 16th birthday, my friends surprised me with a huge party
  • I moved out from home when I had just turned 19, I moved to my favourite city, 600km up north: Hamburg
  • I’ve been snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains.
  • I went horseback riding on the beach
  • I learnt how to surf in Hawaii (and Tofino, which is almost as cool)
  • I’ve been on stage with 30 Seconds To Mars
  • I’ve been invited into Simple Plan’s tourbus
  • I hiked up a few volcanoes that were still active
  • I graduated high school three times – in Canada, Germany and France. I also graduated uni. Once.
  • I managed to be vegetarian for 6 years and went vegan a while ago
  • I’ve seen musicals in the West End and on Broadway
  • I flew an airplane as the co-pilot
  • I partied with Tokio Hotel in Las Vegas
  • I lived in a van for five months
  • I lived in my favourite country in the world for two and a half years: Canada
  • I traveled literally around the world
  • I have tattoos and I don’t regret a single one (not even the spontaneous one in Helsinki with a friend)
  • I had Hayley Williams’ hair colour while I saw Paramore live
  • My brother and sister are two of my best friends
  • My Mum and my Dad, too
  • I am fluent in three languages and know quite a bit in two more
  • I have amazing friends not only in Germany but everywhere around the world
  • I have owned four cars in my life and I’m only 24
  • It took me less than a month and only one job interview to find a permanent full-time job in my preferred field.
  • I love myself

A Letter To My 30-Year-Old Self

Inspired by Ellie and her post “Dear 25-Year-Old Me” I decided to write to my 30-year-old self.


Dear Natalie.

How are you? Are you happy? Remember when you wrote this a little over five years ago? You just came back from traveling the world for 18 months, you went back to your old flat and found a job within a month. When you wrote this letter, you were just a few weeks away from starting that job and you were stuck between traveling and real life.

How did that job work out for you? Are you still there? Did it make you as happy as you thought it would? I bet it was hard at first, but I hope that your colleagues were as nice as they seemed in the beginning and that your boss was understanding about the days you needed off.

How is the concert thing going? Are you still traveling all over your place for your favourite bands? Are Tokio Hotel still performing? And what about 30 Seconds To Mars? I hope you made some great memories with them and they didn’t disappoint you in the end. If you’re still in contact with the friends you made, send them a message. Ask how they are. You really had the best times with them.

Did you get more tattoos? Do you regret any of the ones you got when you were younger? Remember that they meant the world to you at the time, so there really is no reason to regret any of them. You got them for a reason.

Do you have a cat? There was always a reason why you didn’t get one and I hope you got over that. You love cats so much, if you don’t have one yet, you should really consider it now.

Are you still thinking about moving to Canada permanently? Or do you maybe live there now? If not, just apply for that permanent residence. What’s the harm? They might say no or you might decide to stay in Germany. Or live in a different country. That’s okay, too.

How is your family? How are your friends? Give them a hug from me because they’ve been there for you during some hard times, they deserve that hug.

Are you still vegan? If you’re not I hope you know what you’re doing and I think you should reconsider. If you are, congrats! You made it to six years and almost twelve of being vegetarian!

I hope you’re happy, wherever you are. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, still traveling the world or staying at home. I hope you surround yourself with great people that support you in whatever you are choosing to do with your time. I know that you will make the right choice. I hope you love yourself.

There was a time in your life when you didn’t think that you’d make it to 30, so I’m so proud of you that you did.


Your 24 year old self.


I am thinking about printing this letter, putting it in an envelope and giving it to my Mum so she can give it to me for my 30th birthday. Have you ever done something like that or similar?