"You'll Have it Forever"

Sunday, 22 January 2012
It's always nice to come in contact with people who have already been through something that you're up against. I received the best advice last night when discussing my PhD, piano lessons and the things that are new in life...

N and I were discussing how difficult it is to pursue a PhD and just how dang busy it keeps you. Some people who don't know about advanced academia are quick to think that graduate school is a way to goof off and avoid "real life." He said something like, "You're going to be so busy for the next three years, it isn't even funny."

We talked about the exhilaration and the frustrations of new experiences and N said something that really stuck with me. He said, "It's difficult now but if you put in the hard work up front and the sweat and tears (figuratively speaking), whatever you earn, you'll always have it."

I just love that.

If I put in the discipline now and learn piano, I won't lose the skill and can share my love of music with others for the rest of my life.  If I earn my PhD, no one can take the degree away from me. I'll hopefully benefit from the time I put into the pursuit of knowledge forever.

This is encouraging and hopefully you can use the advice somehow in your own life. It might not be easy to get through situations that are difficult or require major work right now, but we'll have our accomplishments and achievements to grow from for years to come.


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Unknown said...

Don't know if you remember me. Bill C. From Eugene. (kval) Your missed!

Annie said...

True words indeed. A PhD is NEVER wasted. My friends who've done it have all been very succesful in their career - whether it be in academics, research or teaching. A PhD to me means knowledge and respect. It's an achievement you can be proud of for the rest of your life. And - I'd like to think that with that experience the world is your oyster. You can go and do anything. Ps - visiting Norway could be on your resume as well ;)

Denae said...

Hi, Bill. Yes, I remember you!

Annie - I didn't think about the experiences that will open because of the PhD. Good point. Love ya!