To put it simply, whatever appears in the present moment is real and all through your life you appear to have had so many years of experience. If there is no self now, then there never was a self and life still had this appearance to you. There is not some drastic change where anything disappears, there is simply knowing of the what the self truly is, which is an illusion.
The emotional surges we sometimes experience do not consume you in the same way, but everything seems to works the same way as it did before. I still desire to do things but there is not the same attachment to the outcome any more, although it has not disappeared. I have grand plans like we all do, but nothing much hinges on whether they come to fruition or not any more and there is an acceptance that life folds in the way it is supposed to.
If you are afraid of spiders, you will still be afraid of them after this insight. If you were a shit person, you still will be afterwards. This ain't a magical cure for everything, however, there is a degree of freedom from the conventional existence so to speak, even though human experience is intrinsically bound within it.