One thing I did gain (so far) was some self respect. I stood up for myself. I had no idea it would feel this good! I'm proud of myself for the first time in many years. Makes me wonder why I have such a hard time telling people how I feel. Do I make how they feel seem more important than me?
Another thing I've noticed is a change in how I see things. I have the time to really SEE things: the blue of the sky, birds flying, the green of the grass.... Everything looks like it did to me when I was very young...more vivid, more real somehow.
This is probably the best summer of my entire life. I hate to think it will end soon...kids going back to school, leaves starting to turn...it's inevitable. Maybe I will SEE things this winter that I haven't in many years and learn to love it too.