Any one who has done postgraduate study will probably know where I'm coming from. I'm currently entering my 7th year of study and I really feel I couldn't stand being a student any longer - If I couldn't see the finish line I would be constantly curled up in a corner somewhere rocking.
I felt like having goals to work towards has been helpful, but at the same time I feel that my life just consists of working towards milestones in my study and nothing else. Hence the feeling of real life being non-existent. It's taken a toll on my life, but at the same time I have to feel like it's all been worth it. One of the only things that stops me quitting is that after all those years I wouldn't have much to show for myself.
I know this is probably not the last time I will feel like this - there will probably be times later in my life where I feel again like I'm in a holding pattern. I think there is this fairytale in my head that everything will be better once I'm done.
So now instead of procrastinating (thank you internets) I should be focusing on finishing my thesis so I can get on with the next stage of waiting to become an adult.