As we grow each day, we evolve into better versions of ourselves. Keep the best of the "old you" and combine it with new talents, thoughts and ideas.
Personally, I can't let go of that high school English teacher inside of me. Therefore, I need to give you a mnemonic device to help you remember four terrific characteristics that are desirable in a potential partner.
Use this criteria to help you P.I.C.K. a mate.
This is someone who is enthusiastic about life. He/she looks at the sunny side and sees obstacles as opportunities. He/she wants what he/she has at the moment and lives in gratitude about it.
This person adheres to a moral code, which is one that meshes with yours.
This person acts with steady continuity. His actions and words are always the same.
This is a kind, compassionate, sympathetic person who shows concern for his/her fellow man and the world at large.
Although these are not the only qualities for which to be on the lookout, they certainly are a good foundation upon which to build.