After the final act, the climactic battle between good and evil, heroes and villains clashing, a white knuckle adventure with thrills and chills…
It’s always worth remembering that for most candidates the PhD process does not end with the viva and a little paperwork. After your viva – which, white-knuckle-or-not, comes after weeks of preparation and years of work – there will probably be a few more weeks of work while you finalise your thesis. You remove any typos, tweak a few paragraphs, add something here and there.
A little epilogue when the battle is done (and won!) but where the hero has to think about what they’ve learned, and leave their adventure behind. Perhaps they find a new adventure, maybe they retire to a different life or return to what they knew before.
Don’t forget about this period. Look forward to it if you can.
A short time to finish things, to calm down, to recover, to find your feet before adventure calls again and you start on a new journey.