He reminded me that I should enjoy this post-doc stage of my career. Once I get a more permanent position, I will be constrained by the regulations and interests of the university and not as free to study what I want to study. This, right now, is the fun stage.
It's good to know what lies ahead. And I am totally having fun. I love getting the first participants through an experiment that you've put heaps of work into designing and setting up, and seeing them do in real life what you've been visualising and hoping would work as planned. I love opening up a new script in R and having the page all clean and white, ready for me to program my analyses - just like when you're little and your art teacher hands you a sheet of white paper, blank and full of potential. I love the writing, and I love knowing things.
So yes, I am soaking it up. Coming home at night too tired to function, but enjoying it nonetheless.
And so goes another week in the life of an academic adolescent...