Love like you don’t give a fuck about being embarrassed. In fact, run head-first into it. Let people look and gawk. Go ahead, be something they remember. It’s okay. It’s okay to laugh at yourself and the world and how love makes us do the ridiculous. Give yourself permission to be foolish and young and trip up, figuratively or maybe even literally.
Love like you don’t give a fuck about what people are going to think. Stop factoring in outside perspectives when it comes to how you feel. Remember your heart belongs to you, and only you, and there’s no way random strangers could ever know what’s best for it. People will judge no matter what you do. Might as well do what your intuition is telling you to.
Love like you don’t give a fuck about playing it cool. Don’t worry if you texted back too quickly or came across too excited. You are excited. You’re passionate and enthusiastic, and that energy is contagious. That energy is pure and beautiful.
Love like you don’t give a fuck about hitting milestones. You don’t have to be in a relationship at a certain age or time. You don’t need to follow the same path your friends or peers do. You can be madly in love with the same person for years and never get married. You don’t have to have kids, if that’s not something you want to do. The love is what matters. Fuck any preconceived notions about what it has to look like.
Love like you don’t give a fuck about ending up heartbroken. Any time we open ourselves up, we also run the risk of being hurt. Isn’t that the highest bravery? Isn’t that rather remarkable? Take the plunge even if there’s no guarantee you’ll land safely. Do it anyway. Life is too short to calculate every step you make.