I have a boyfriend and for once in my life, my romantic life feels too sacred to mention here. But I will say this: I have not been this happy in years. I think about him every night before I go to sleep. We talk constantly, something I’ve never had in a relationship before. I could write an entire essay about this, full of the clichés I never thought I’d use, but no one (myself included) wants to read that.

I am new. I don’t know exactly when it happened but I was born again and I am such a different person than before that it shocks me. Change sneaks up on you. I cut my hair, I have new friends, my best friend and I have only known each other for two weeks and yet we talk every day and think we’re soul mates and we give each other animal bones. I am Sage now and I feel so much more comfortable in my skin telling people that’s my name. I haven’t felt this liberated in years.