The viva is the beginning of the end. Passing it is, I like to think, also the end of the beginning.
However you feel about your PhD journey, particularly if it has been challenging or coincided with the pandemic, it is coming to a close. You will reach your destination and find that you’ve still a long way to go.
Your PhD was just for starters. Where will you go from here?
You don’t need to have all the answers about this at your viva. You don’t need to explain your career plans to your examiners. But maybe you do have an idea. Maybe you have something you’re striving for.
Good. Go for it. Throughout your PhD, with all the challenges you’ve faced, you’ve survived. You’ve managed to keep going in difficult circumstances. And after you’re done, you’ll find more challenges but also more ability to face them.
Your PhD will be done soon, the opening act complete. The end of the beginning. So keep going.