I'm glad you're loving your hair. It's a great feeling not to have to tie your beauty to the length of your hair!
I relate to you. I was using my WL hair as a security blanket too until about 3 years ago. I tried to transition but was forced to BC (long story). It was a shock but I was glad to be relaxer-free. Short hair was a nice change because it was so easy to manage and I miss it sometimes.
Kudos for sharing your story. Keep overcoming those insecurities and working towards being the best you you can be. Best of luck