That's Okay, And You Are Enough
There are going to be times in this journey that you are going to want to give up. That’s ok, and you are enough.
There are going to be days where you can’t string together a complete sentence because you’ve pulled another “all-nighter” to get that assignment in. That’s okay, and you are enough.
There will be times when your days last longer than 24 hours and those days turn into weeks before you are aware of anything going on around you. That’s okay, and you are enough.
There are people who will look at you puzzled that you are in yet another degree-seeking program and will ask you “Why don’t you just get a job?” That’s okay, and you are enough.
There are going to be times where you hit milestones and want to share them with that person and they aren’t or can’t be there for whatever reason. That’s okay, and you are enough.
There will be times when you soak the pages of your lit review articles with tears because you just can’t believe you are so close to the finish line. That’s okay, and you are enough.
There will be plot twists and character changes, wardrobe malfunctions and missed cues on the grad-life stage. That’s okay, and you are enough.
Don’t give up, because you’ll never know how close you are to your goal.
Don’t worry about speaking in complete sentences, academics learn quickly how to be concise rather than verbose.
When your days blur into each other, don’t worry, the sense of relief after is worth it.
Those same people, who questioned your sanity for getting another degree, will want to cheer you on at your finish. But just remember the loudest boos come from the cheapest seats, so be picky with your tickets.
When you feel the sting of loss on your journey, know that those you love have equipped you with everything you need to be successful, so press on in their honor.
Let those tears heal you and wash away your doubt. You were made for this.
On the Grad-life stage, everyone has his or her own part to play - don’t focus on the mishaps. When it’s all said and done, you will rise and receive your standing ovation; because you, my friend are okay, and you are enough.
About the Author
Quantrilla is a personal development writer who lives in the DC Metro area with her husband and three littles. In addition to being a dedicated wife and mother, she is a entrepreneur, doctoral student, and curator of all things lovely. She writes as The PhD Mamma about things she knows to be true in both personal and professional areas, hoping to encourage others to do the same.