A journey that started back in May 2006 comes to an end in just a few days. Decades ago, I joked about getting a PhD. About a decade ago, I put myself in its path. A few years ago, I understood what being ‘on’ the path itself actually meant. And now, as I like to joke, all that’s left is the funny hat ceremony and I’m done.
I can’t tell you the number of people who have told me how relieved I must feel, how much weight must be off my shoulders, how much I must want to jump up and celebrate. You would think so – that’s the logical conclusion to the end of such a journey. But it’s not.
Last week, I watched TV with my wife for the first time in years without feeling guilty. I slept without waking up in the middle of the night begging for my brain to turn off. I sat on my front step with my new pup and watched the world go by.
I have begun to exhale.
So to everyone along this journey, thank you. Yes, I have ideas and next-steps. Yes, there are plans and goals. Yes, the next is coming. Yes, I plan to be writing A LOT more. But not just yet.
Right now, I’m exhaling. And it feels good. =)
Because I’m PHinisheD.
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