First, foremost and hugest: I learned what it's like when love is right. What it could be and should be when you share core values, but there's always that bit of excitement over the differences.
I learned to how stand up for myself. It was easy when I knew that somebody had my back.
I learned that I can drive a Miata all day and love every minute of it.
I learned that I can write. Famous words: "Just do it."
I learned that I can act.
I learned how to shoot a hand gun, and a picture.
I learned how to sponge-paint a room, and how to etch glass.
...and I learned how ephemeral is paradise.