Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Decennius Horribilis

Towards the end of high school, I had the thought, "Everything in life lasts about twice as long as you want it to." This thought was basically my first attempt at articulating a Fundamental Truth of Life. It was based on my high school experience, where the first two years were great, the third year was a little tiresome, and the fourth year was terrible. Then I performed missionary service, and my axiom was not contradicted. And since then, whether it be a meeting, or a period of service in a church calling, or a television series, or a song, the generalization I came up with so long ago has held up: everything lasts about twice as long as you want it to.

Except for graduate school, which has lasted about three times as long.

I'm tired of thinking about grad school. And, in keeping with Fundamental Truth of Life #4, ("If something is stressing you out, stop doing it"), I'm not going to think about it anymore. At least, not more than absolutely necessary. So here is my promise to you: I will only mention my graduate program one more time on this blog, merely to note its conclusion. Outside of that, let's just ignore it.

I just discovered that one of my oldest Fundamental Truths of Life isn't even on the list, so I'll add it now. There are now 16 of them.

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