My life is so different now than it was in October, 2008. I detached. I stepped back from the people who caused me extreme duress. I stopped worrying about what everyone else was doing and thinking. I let go of the need to control.
Do I have a bad day now and then? Yes.
Do I still find myself struggling with friends and other people who try to manipulate me? Yes.
Am I exactly where I want to be? No.
But I've come so far. And I'm not done yet.