I worked damn phuking hard for it. A lot of blood, sweat, and oceans of tears went into it.
It took me 10 years to finish--in part bc I became a single mom in the midst of it & I had to slow things down bc she needed more time w/me.
But also bc I am ADHD...
I didn't go to parties. I hardly went out at all. Bc for me a good book was more fun & the life of the mind more enticing.
Somehow in spite of all that pressure I finished my dissertation...but lost my teaching job &became seriously disabled by chronic pain & fatigue from getting at best 30 hrs of sleep PER WEEK.
That nearly killed me. I contemplated suicide more than once. The worst was when I planned to take all my many medications &slip into a river...
It doesn't make me superior. It just makes me more knowledgable about certain subjects than others. Like, for instance...COMMUNICATION,
What I received from it is all that I learned. I'll be damned if I'm not going to use the only payoff I got from all that hard work.