My reaction went something like this:
[dramatic pause/several fruitless attempts at recovery]
It was like that. I missed the words less than I did the thesis. Because I have been struggling pretty hard with the "So what" question about these very neat documents, and I thought I finally had something.
Eventually, I came to two conclusions:
- Sometimes freeing yourself from old writing lets you escape an unproductive rut. [corollary 1a.: If I can't remember a thing about it, the thesis may not have ever been that great]
- I've lost some words, but it's not that many, and if I just sit around moping, I get to stay at zero.