Since I was really little, I have been very independent.
As a 3-year old, I wanted to pick all my own outfits and change my clothes.
I remember wanting to learn how to tie my shoes "BY MYSELF!"
As a teenager, I felt guilty ever asking for things to be given to me. If I was ever given money to go anywhere or do something fun, I was sure I had as much change as possible to bring home.
I woke myself up with an alarm from when I was around 8 years old.
I imposed my own bedtime in junior high.
I kept track of all my own homework all throughout school.
I never went to tutoring or asked for help: "I can figure it out on my own!"
I got a job at age 17, before senior year.
I decided to do an internship alone instead of student teaching because, "I want to run things MY way."
Now in a somewhat pressured financial situation, when my mom is ready and willing to help me out, what do I say?
"No, I don't want you to help me. I want to face my own financial difficulties alone like an adult, thank you."
One of these days my pride might get me in trouble.