I like myself more--I hadn't realized that I contained so much patience and strength.
I love that I am very good, becoming a full-time expert, in fact, at the most meaningful thing: giving love!
After years of self-depreciating, and being insecure, almost like that's what I thought people expected from me (still trying to convince my high school girl friends that I'm not "stuck up" by acting the opposite)---I now have this huge motivation to give my dd an example of a proud, empowered woman who knows how much she's worth! So i'm more confident now. More proud of who I am. I think my natural childbirth, and AP parenting, and just being connected with my glorious incredible dd, are big sources of this pride. I walk around town nursing her in her sling and feel like an absolute reigning goddess queen--this is a new feeling for me! Or at least I haven't felt it since I was six or so!
And after several years hiatus, I'm feeling pulled to be more politically/socially active. I think about the world I want for her, and my apathy evaporates. It matters again, because I love.