The Ecstasy of Crossing Something Off the ListRecently, my older daughter and I went to the post office to apply for her passport.

I’d been dreading this trip for days. Every task associated with it filled me with anxiety — but nothing ended up being as hard as I expected.

And as we walked out of the post office, I felt a giant surge of energy, happiness, and relief. Ah, the ecstasy of crossing something off the list! Even accomplishing the smallest task gives me a little jolt.

This is my new Secret of Adulthood:

Crossing something off the list is very cheering.

(Also: Make sure you know where to find family members’ birth certificates. I was very happy when I found that document in the proper file.)

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Aug 2011
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Rubin, G. (2011). The Ecstasy of Crossing Something Off the List. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 20, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/08/11/the-ecstasy-of-crossing-something-off-the-list/

 

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