As I progressed in recovery, I found pieces of myself I thought were lost...I learned to love myself...I regained some joy.
As I progressed from recovery to recovered, I realized I was BACK! I loved my life! I could be happy!
The picture below is worth a thousand words - not because it's a photo from my wedding day 4 years ago and I was happy to be getting married (which I was), but because it symbolizes the sheer joy I had regained. In the photo, I'm already recovered. I'm happy. Not because of a significant other, but because I loved myself and my life and was able to let joy shine through INTO me and OUT OF me.
When I look at this picture, I don't see bride. I see FREE.