You no longer get caught after midnight, half-naked, eating a hamburger in the kitchen like the fucking exorcist.
You remember how a movie starts and ends. Not only that, you laugh at the appropriate times.
You realize that you are a small white girl, occasionally mistaken for a Persian, and no longer walk alone at night in an inebriated state.
You don't forget when your Mom's birthday is.
You are able to hold a job. Not only that, you show up on time and have been offered two promotions within the first four months.
You have many happy hours, and none of them involve getting drunk or high.
If something disappointing happens, your world doesn't flip upside down. You know how to handle the ups and downs of life. You know that "this too shall pass" and "no feeling is final." You have a motto for everything.
You genuinely care for the people you surround yourself with.
You're excited and hopeful for the future.
You no longer shut yourself in your bedroom for days. You embrace the sun and smile often.
You have a good thing going with a good lookin' Prince.
You have absolutely nothing to hide. The shame you used to feel has been lifted.
Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.