You deserve to be loved and feel loved. Don't settle for someone who treats you any less than you deserve, however, we need to understand that not everyone is perfect and people make mistakes (a lot of them). When people are in love, they only see the good things in that person and are blinded to their imperfections, wrong behavior, and actions. Sometimes it will take a long time to understand that who they really are, is not the same person you though they were and you fell in love with. Take the time to really get to know someone without looking through the lens of love so that you can see what everyone else sees in them. People hide behind their masks to look innocent and perfect in front of their teachers, parents, and friends but hide their true self and intentions. Don't give yourself away completely and dive right in to someone right from the start because many times you give every last bit of yourself while the other person just sits back, enjoys the show, and lets you do all the work. Guard your heart above everything. Don't let someone ruin your happiness, this life is too short to care about what other say, think, or do to you. Surround yourself with people that will build you up instead of tearing you down. Get rid of all toxic relationships and friendships, it may hurt to leave but once you do, you will realize how free and happy you can be. Enjoy every little thing and never take anything for granted, you never know what life can throw at you next. Live in the moment and forget about the future because the future will take care of itself. But most importantly, be true to yourself, love all your imperfections and insecurities because that's what makes you so unique and different from everyone else. You were born to stand out, not blend in. You will experience true happiness when you learn to love yourself and accept who you are.