I’ve been playing the video game Hades every day for about a month and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.
The son of the Greek god Hades fights to escape the Underworld. It’s fantastic, stylish, polished and deep. It is an absolute delight to play and experience – even though there’s a steep learning curve, lots of challenges and skillsets to juggle and bring together. Again and again you die and return to the start…
…and in a weird way it makes me think of my PhD journey!
Again and again I had to rise to the challenge. Sometimes I knew what I had to do. Sometimes I found what I was looking for. Sometimes I could just do what I needed to.
But again and again I faced setbacks. Things didn’t work. References couldn’t be found. Answers were not forthcoming.
Again and again I started again. I would have to go back to the beginning of a problem and try to look at it from a new perspective. I would need to find a new way forward.
Again and again I grew. I became more skilled, more knowledgeable, more sure that I could take on new challenges.
And again and again I was surprised, delighted and frustrated as I continued on my journey.
All of your agains – the repeated steps, the start-overs, the learning, the experience, the knowledge-building – all of the frustration and growth and joy – all of this is what you take with you to the viva.
No more agains. The final step, more or less, and the talent, work and time you’ve invested helps you through.
Done, finally… Until you take on your next challenge.