WOMEN
12/21/2011 09:35 am ET | Updated Dec 21, 2011

Reverse Bucket List: What Not To Do Before You Die

Ah, the bucket list. It's a great idea, in theory, to compile a list of all of the things you'd like to do in the little time you have on Earth. What an ingenius way to motivate yourself to get the most out of life, not to let it all pass you by, carpe diem, etc. etc., right?

But if you've ever spent some time perusing other people's bucket lists -- or just gazing at the many unchecked items on your own -- you may have noticed that these lists can also make you feel that you've accomplished virtually nothing your entire life.

Here at HuffPost Women, we've decided 'tis the season to feel better about yourself, not worse. As such, we'd like to take a moment to honor the Reverse Bucket List -- a list of everything you don't ever want to or feel compelled to do.

Back in October, Atlantic MontlyAdvice columnist Jeffrey Goldberg got the ball rolling with his reverse bucket list, which included cleansing of any kind (juice, colon or ethnic), and "making love on the dunes of the cape" (apparently he's not a fan of Pina Coladas).

Then last week, Rose Surnow at the Hairpin got into it with a list that included "confront my fears (sharks/elevators/intimacy)" and "be alone in nature for any amount of time." Hairpin commenters have chimed in with some items on their own lists, including "learning to knit" and "running/walking/moving in a marathon."

To keep this worthwhile enterprise going, we'd love to hear what's on your reverse bucket list. Tweet your items @HuffPostWomen at #reversebucketlist, and we'll feature the standouts in a slideshow here.

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