Ever since I've been old enough to tie my own shoes (okay, more like Velcro strap my toddler sneaks), I've been known for being fiercely independent. "I. do. it. MAHSELF," I'd retort to my Mom as a stubborn 2-year old getting ready for preschool. That mantra set the tone for the rest of my childhood and adolescence as an archetypal oldest in a family of 4. My parents, being relatively laid-back and hands off, gave me the bandwidth