I’ve loved, I’ve lost, I’ve loved again… but one thing I don’t wish to be is someone you have “settled” for. Nor do I want someone in my life to be that person.
Be with someone who inspires you, pushes you, loves you, challenges you, explores with you, travels with you, reads with you, sleeps with you, cuddles with you, nurtures you, serves you, helps you, and shows up every. single. day. — and allows you to do all those things (and more) for them, reciprocation.
Yes, it’s always a gamble, it’s always a risk, but if you are willing to put in the time it’s all worth it. The best advice I can offer is: Be Aware.
Be aware of what you are entering into. Be willing to give the benefit of the doubt to people, but also learn to recognize behavior that is not in-sync with you. Decipher whether or not a person is willing to work, change, and grow alongside you or if what they say is simply a means to an end. Some people are all about the hunt while others can sustain long after it’s over — that’s the kind of people you want in your life.
Surround yourself with people who guide you into leveling up. Surround yourself with people who nurture your soul and uplift your mental health. Surround yourself with people who offer unconditional love. Surround yourself with people who are being the best versions of themselves. Surround yourself with people who seek adventures with you. Surround yourself with people who will laugh all night with you through the rain storm.
Don’t settle. Aim high and surpass your goals. Be aware.