What is Academic work?
Is it just a series of responsibilities that one must shirk,
In favour of a goal that seems like a mirage?
Or perhaps a slow moving barge?
Changing directions all the time but still keeping to its destination,
That seems like an ever-moving target?
No it is not!
Don’t worry if you are cold and you are hot?
Because this is in keeping with the rhythm of the beast,
And once you are finished you will have a feast!?
On the accomplishment of your stamina,
For you will have stripped yourself down to every crevice, and every lamina,
Only to find yet another room full of “stuff”,
Making all of what you have done so far seem like “fluff”,
This is PhD~!
It is a sea of knowingness into the unknowingness,
Looking for what answers you can find,
Only to be lost in an ocean of questions that do not bind.
So pick up your paddle and steer your raft,
Even if you don’t know how this is how you develop your craft,
You will get there with work and the force of the occasional swell,
Even thought it sometimes seems like you are paddling in hell,
You will survive!
And if you “like” the unknown then you will thrive,
For this is your drive,
Choosing to be either dead or alive,
Every moment of your existence,
Learning that the key is in persistence,
So get back to the grind,
And never forget to be kind,
To yourself and others on the way,
For this is the most important part of each and every day!