I realize I've learned a very valuable thing this year. It's seemingly obvious, but I am thankful I now not just know it but actually practice it too.
It's easier said than done, but let people show you who they are. Once they do, believe them. If there happens to be tension and someone wants to walk out of you life - let them go. If it all goes wrong and you're ready to give it up, yet they want to stay - let them stay. What is truly yours would simply always make an effort to claim that special place in your heart. Many people would need you and care about you for various reasons, but only a handful would truly care about your feelings too.