It took me 5 years and 10 days to get a Ph.D. I defended exactly 5 years ago today. This fall, I will leave my post-doc after just under 5 years. I have been racing bikes for 4 years. Doing science for 13. Teaching skiing for 15.
How did I get so old? How am I possibly still this young?
Anyone else in science knows this about science - it flies and drags at the same time. Mostly, for me, it drags. That's why the next 5 years include some pretty big changes in life. There will be dressier clothes. An office. Mountains. Bikes. Friends. Food. Some things are just constant. Mountains. Bikes. Friends. Food.