Never lose yourself in a relationship. Always keep your own identity when you’re with someone or you’ll be lost without them. Keep in mind that relationships will end, whether it’s through a break up or sudden death. You must always have your own security – be it financial or emotional.
Stay close to your friends and loved ones who will be there for you when and if things end. Keep good company. Surround yourself with inspiring people. Don’t be with someone who restricts you from your support network.
Earn and save your own money. Don’t let your partner convince you otherwise. Don’t rely on your partner to provide for you forever and always. Have your own financial independence and security.
Nurture your skills and talents. Your skills and talents are what make you valuable and will be vital to your recovery when and if your relationship ends.
Be yourself. Don’t compromise too much of who you are for someone or you’ll grow to resent them.
Communicate open and freely about your thoughts and feelings with your partner. It’s through communication that you can figure things out and make the decisions that are right for you.
Fall in love with the person you are. Be the kind of person you’d want to love and admire.