Gretchen Rubin

The Ecstasy of Crossing Something Off the List.

This morning, 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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