If we have a word for deriving glee from another's misfortune ("schadenfreude") and another for the act of hurling someone out a window ("defenestration"), why don't we have a succinct way to describe the euphoria of a small victory? I'm talking about the rush that comes with accomplishing something really, really tiny: When you find the lid to a Tupperware container on the first try. When you finally figure out that mystery charge on your credit card statement. When you send a birthday card in the actual mail — and it's not even belated.
In some degree or another, these experiences involve being ~spiritually one~ with your adult self. (Stay with me here.) After that initial rush of accomplishment, you feel like you can take on the world. You stand up a little straighter. You walk with a pep in your step. You feel like a freakin' wizard. In other words, you're absolutely crushing it.
Some have called this "adulting," a word I refuse to accept, so I'm left without the vocabulary to describe this. But where words fail, photos can tell a story. To express our appreciation for the little things (and visual puns, and snacks), we present: Crushing It.
Here are 21 tiny things that bring us satisfaction and joy — and seven pairs of kicks to match the mood.
Matisse Graffiti Leather Boot, Nasty Gal.
"When you wear the exact amount of outfits you pack for on a trip... or at least the exact amount of underwear."
"When you just make it onto the train as the doors are closing. I always look around like, 'Did you guys see that?'" — Bry
"When there's no garbage at the bottom of your purse."
Multicolor Heels, Shop Similar: Aldo
"When you've set up automatic online payments."
"Every single time I pay my entire credit card bill at once, I feel like I should be elected president."
"That 15-minute window every month when I have paid all outstanding bills."
Glitter Sneakers, Shop Similar: Topshop.
"When all of the dirty laundry is in the hamper and all of the clean laundry is put away."
"When you know what day garbage and recycling pick-up is. And never get them confused."
"When you finish your laundry and all of your socks match up."
YRU Jem Glitter Boot, Nasty Gal
"When you have a heart, comment, and a new follower on Instagram after ONE refresh. I feel damn good."
— Allison P.
"When you get screenshots on your Snapchat story."
"When someone you don't know IRL retweets you."
Daisy Street Flower Detail Point Heeled Shoes, Shop Similar: Asos
"When you make the exact right amount of pasta (it's impossible)."
"When you change that Brita filter!"
"When you use all of the veggies in your fridge."
Wize & Ope Pop Blue Light Up Sole Trainers, Asos
"When you bring lunch to work more than once in a single week."
"When you're walking somewhere and every time you hit a traffic light, it comes up green."
"When you don’t pick your outfits based on which items of clothing are the warmest/coolest/least crinkly."
Red Heels, Shop Similar: Aldo
"When, for the first time ever, your dentist doesn't say you need to floss more."
"When you buy more toilet paper or paper towels BEFORE you're on the last roll."
"When you finish reading a book that you checked out of the library the day before it's due back at the library."
Bottom line? It's OK to congratulate yourself for doing the little things. Now get out there and crush some stuff!