Is it just me or do you find yourself sometimes doing a subconscious mini fist pump when you’ve achieved something small and usually rather insignificant?
I find myself doing this over the strangest things! Yet I cannot be the only one who does this.
Thinking about this on my way to work this morning, gave me the idea for this post. There must be tons of tiny little achievement fist pumps going on and I have had a think as to what some of them could be.
Below is probably the strangest 10 things you could celebrate; but, I am sure you’ll agree, sometimes they are just so immensely satisfying.
Don’t forget to add your mini fist pump achievements in the comments below. I’d love to know the weird and wonderful things that you celebrate!
1. Beating a white van man (or if you’re me, any other car) off the mark at traffic lights.
It may come as a surprise but I love being a little bit competitive in my car at traffic lights. It’s not all the time, but sometimes I just like to remind other drivers that I may be a) female and b) not drive a flashy car; but, I am a damn good driver and can beat most cars off the line at the green light!
Perhaps I should have been a Formula 1 driver…zzooooooooooom!
2. A new checkout opening just as you’ve gone to queue up to pay.
Now I always pick the wrong queue no matter which shop I happen to be in. I could stand in the shortest queue and still I would be waiting longer than the queue next to me. But oh! The sheer joy of being the customer called over to the check out that is opening up. Me first!
The other thing I find satisfying about queues is when I’ve paid for something with no queue, turn around and a massive queue has appeared. And I’ve finished! Result! I think, as I swagger out the door.
3. Managing to peel an orange or apple completely without breaking the peel.
My mum is an apple peeler genius. I can get a lot of the orange peel off but there’s always one bit that sticks. Then of course you get the oranges that you might as well eat as it is for all the time it takes to get the peel off. Who knew oranges could have over a million bits to peel off?!
4. Finding a folded up £10 note in the pocket of your trousers.
Then you’ve got the bonus fist pump of not washing it and finding it in a trillion mushy pieces. It’s like free money and you feel you have the right to spend it on whatever you wish, because you found it and it is yours! Yay!
5. Filling your car with petrol and getting the price bang on a round number of pounds.
Then you look around to see if anyone else has noticed your amazing achievement and pretend it’s just something you do naturally all the time. Like, naturally.
6. When the Head Teacher positively comments on the behaviour of your class in assembly.
Even if they’ve behaved appallingly on the way into the hall; they’re sitting like angels and that’s the way they always are.
My class are actually really good, so I get these comments lots!
7. A reverse park completed in one smooth manoeuvre.
A text book manoeuvre completed so smoothly you’d be able to give James Bond lessons! That said, doesn’t it feel like the world and its dog are watching you’re every tiny judder and shunt when it’s all going wrong and you feel like you’re parking a lorry in a match box?
8. Fast forwarding at x30 and pressing play perfectly timed to carry on watching your programme.
I must admit, this is one of my big ones. I watch a lot of TV programmes that are sponsored by sofa or river cruise companies and I feel such personal elation on the ability to press play in exactly the right moment. Down to the second where the tv programme title is displayed.
Oh the shock and the horror and fuss when it zips just that bit too far.
Rewinding as well? Oh for goodness sake…!
9. The perfectly cracked egg.
This one doesn’t need much of an explanation. This is the perfectly cracked, no bits of shell, smoothly delivered into pan, dish or cup with no broken yolk.
Now this might sound a little too far, but I won’t even really eat a fried egg with a broken yolk.
10. Getting a question right on University Challenge or Master Mind.
Oh we’ve all done it. Shouting random answers at the television, where a programme, filled to the brim with allsorts of intelligent, brainy, educated people are being asked a ton of near-impossible questions and you get it right! And, to top it all off, the person being questioned hasn’t even got it right!
Cue much strutting around the room.
Well, of course you knew the answer!
So what tiny things get your mini fist pumps of achievement?