Care. Open your heart. Even if it means looking like a fool. Even if it means you can get hurt. Painful feelings eventually pass, but it’s harder to dissolve the regrets you hold in your heart.

Say what you feel. Tell people that you care and love them, because it is not guaranteed when you will see or talk to them again. You never know when they will disappear from your life. Enjoy, cherish and appreciate all the time you spend with them or even just talking to them if seeing them isn’t possible.

Just love, dammit!

And spread love wherever you go and with whomever you meet. You never know how much your words and actions of love, compassion and hope can touch another soul.

Also, love yourself as much as you would love another.

Sure, “I love you” gets tossed around a lot and sometimes, people don’t truly mean it. But, by God, just say it even if you think you feel a little of it! Even if you’re not sure, just express yourself. Say your piece. Yell, cry, scream, talk it out because you deserve to! You’re a fucking human being with thoughts, feelings, and ideas. You deserve to voice them out.

True love is rare, yes, but how will you know the difference if you keep closing your heart every time you get hurt? How will you know if you don’t try and find out?

Don’t you owe it to yourself to find things out, not just about love? Don’t you deserve to question, discover, and learn?

“Look, you’re going to fail a lot before things work out. Even though you’ll probably fail over and over and over again, you have to try every time! You can’t quit because you’re afraid you might fail.”

And…last but not least: always, always be true to yourself.