As I've struggled through my dissertation, the writing, and the research I looked forward to the conclusion. I imagined writing the acknowledgments because I often needed reminding of how many people have been in my corner and how many people have actively stepped in to help me through the process. As I work on the conclusion, however, I find myself at a loss. It is not that I do not know what my conclusions are; I had no trouble writing those sections. But for some reason, I feel stalled when it comes to the more personal reflections I wanted to include. And I do not know why. I'm even having trouble remembering some of the "future research" stuff I wanted to include.

In my away message on my IM client I wrote: It's not so easy to conclude a graduate career's worth of work. And I guess it does feel like more than just the conclusion to a research study, more than just a conclusion to my dissertation; it feels like the end of a very long process. I have no idea what to say about it. Finishing this work has been the focus of my life for so long, I don't quite know what to do now that the end is literally at my fingertips.

Can I just say: "it's been real." ?