And finally, don't let your family and friends' opinions influence who you date
This one is tricky, too! Of course, your closest family and friends your best interests at heart. If your loved ones notice something about your date or partner that legitimately concerns them, it's worth listening to them. But if your mom's first words after meeting your partner are "So when am I getting grandkids?" ... You might need to have a talk with her.
Ultimately, you know what's best for you at this time in your life, so just take any criticism (and advice!) with a grain of salt. Always remember to look at things objectively, and if your family or friends comment on your dating life, think about things from their perspective.