I stood up for myself today and that’s not something that comes easily for me. I’m certainly outspoken and I often feel very strong in my beliefs. I can feel when I think things are wrong. But I often don’t proactively share in difficult situations. There have been one too many times, in the past year alone, where I’ve had to stick up for myself—as if people just view me as a passive being they can do what they please to. And that is never the case. I’ll fight and kick and scream before I get walked on. So why then is it hard for me to demand things up front? Is the idea of possible backlash more terrifying than not having a voice at all?