Hello there, friends!
Time for a story.
So, “I did the thing” is an expression I began using, initially, to show my excitement when I couldn’t summon any genuine feelings of excitement.
When I was a senior in high school, I participated in an club called Speech and Debate, a theater competition in which students would take published works and perform them at competitions around our district. There are a wide variety of event types one can do when they do Speech and Debate: Dramatic Interpretation (presentation of a dramatic work), Humorous Interpretation (presentation of a humorous work), Poetry (a reading of a poem or multiple poems with a common theme), Prose (can be either funny or sad, but typically these are short stories), and Duet Acting (can be funny or sad, but performed with two people rather than one, like the rest of the events), to name a few.