I'm realizing that nothing has ever been easy for me. Nothing has been handed to me. Academically and professionally I have gone through more rejection than acceptance and have had more reneged than kept promises. Does that make me stronger? Does it make me more brave? Willing to take to take risks? Ability to be flexible, a team player, a fighter to the end? Under the clouds of no's and maybes it's hard to see clearly, but I think the answers are yes, yes....an undeniable yes.