I post inspirations for doctorate students on my Facebook page.
Here is an example of a recent post
Daily Inspiration: It took me 9 years to complete my PhD. I will admit, I felt a bit embarrassed. I had a goal of completing in 3 years and here I was 9 years.
One of my classmates was kind enough to say, “It wasn’t a decade.” I thought, “Yep! you are right!”
You might be in the same situation, it is taking you longer than you expected. It might be more than a decade. It is OK. Keep going. Keep pushing through.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to finish.