My Anti-Bucket List

I recently came across the term Anti-Bucket List and thought it was pretty interesting. In contrast with your Bucket List, which is the list of things you want to do before you die, your Anti-Bucket List is basically your list of things that you don’t particularly want to do, or have no real desire to do, before you die.

I decided to look at some of the most popular items for people’s bucket lists, and see which ones I would add to my Anti-Bucket List.

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1. Go skydiving

I have absolutely no interest in going skydiving. In fact, the very thought of it makes me feel sick. I’m not even a big fan of flying, let alone jumping out of one. I think it’s the same concept as rollercoasters or horror movies – I just don’t experience that “rush” that people talk about when they’re afraid; that exhilaration of doing something daring. All I feel is dread and then even after the rollercoaster has finished, I just feel sick and not particularly accomplished. No shade on anyone who has been skydiving (or wants to), it’s just not for me.

2. Have kids

This one isn’t a complete “I do not want to do this”, but it’s more of an “I’m not particularly bothered either way at the moment”. As of right now, I don’t think I will be having kids that are biologically mine. If I do have kids, I would like to adopt, but that would be some time in the future, and I don’t feel like it’s something I absolutely need to do in my lifetime.

3. Swim with dolphins

Something about swimming with dolphins just doesn’t sit right with me. It feels kind of cruel, like we’re forcing them to perform for us and spend time with us when they most likely don’t want to. I don’t think I could in good conscience do this, even though I’m sure the experience itself is amazing, as they are beautiful creatures.


4. Solve a Rubix cube

I’ve tried to do this, and it was so completely boring yet frustrating at the same time. I really don’t care if I never do this. In fact, I very much doubt I’ll ever pick up a Rubix cube again.

5. Go backpacking

Okay, I swear I’m not a snob, but the thought of staying in hostels makes me want to curl up in the foetal position and cry. Sharing a room with strangers? Communal bathrooms? No thanks.

6. Tour the Vatican

I have no interest in touring the Vatican. To me, it’s a load of pretentious pomp and ceremony manufactured by old dudes on a power trip.

7. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

I loathe physical exercise, so this one is kind of obvious.

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8. Win a triathlon 

Same as above.

9. Ice-skate in New York

I absolutely want to visit New York (that one is on my Bucket List) but I have an overwhelming, all-consuming phobia of ice-skating. I’m absolutely convinced that if I ice-skate even once, I will get my fingers sliced off. If I see an ice-skating rink, I have to get out of there, because I’m convinced someone else is going to have *their* fingers sliced off, and I start to panic. I’ve had this phobia ever since I was small, and it’s just one of those things I don’t ever see changing.

10. Go cliff-jumping

Cliff-jumping is another one of my fears, in that I’m convinced I would land on rocks and either break my legs or die. So I guess you could say it’s not really up there on my to-do list.

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What’s on your Anti-Bucket List? Let me know in the comments below.

My Anti- Bucket List



  1. Love this! Pretty sure my anti-Bucket list would be longer than my Bucket list!
    Add in skiing (no, I won’t love it, however much you try to convince me).
    Why is it some people get frustrated with others who have no desire to engage with activities that others deem life-essential?

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  2. I love the idea of this – it’s more unusual and entertaining than bucket lists usually are. I’m with you on most of these, although I’m on the fence about kids, and I would love to go ice-skating in New York and possibly swim with dolphins. The rest are not for me!

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  3. Woah. Wow. Lol, the majority of these things are on my bucket list with skydiving being number one. Fair enough, I don’t think most people actually want to go skydiving but feel like it’s just a thing that they should do because it’s on almost everyone’s list.

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