ME BEING REAL: using the word “rough” doesn’t describe this week well enough. Graduate work is difficult, I’m actually supposed to be in Europe this week, I have a super itchy rash that keeps me from sleeping and won’t be healed for 2 weeks, also dealing with a cyst, and I barely don’t live month to month. On the flip side. I’ve been able to talk to my best friends every day, read my scriptures daily, I have amazing roommates and I understand 95% of what my Norwegian teacher says. Maybe this is hanging out my dirty laundry but I’m tired of the expectation of perfection. A lot of people perceive that my parents pay for my life when in reality I’ve paid for my entire schooling, housing, and travel MYSELF. I didn’t use previous wealth just lots of hard work. And I’m really proud of that. But that also means I’ve sacrificed a lot. Once a guy I was dating gave me a bag of potatoes which I than proceeded to live off for a month just to save money along with taking jobs that start at 330 AM. I’m not going to pretend my parents haven’t helped me because they have and I owe them quite a lot but I’ve also put in a lot of effort to be where I am. Hope that’s real enough for you.