I get asked all the time, "How did you find love after 50?" Or, "How did you get over your lost loves enough to try again?"
I don't know.
I've been told by a numerologist that I have a partnership number - that I am driven to be in, and am at my best, in partnership. This is surprising - because I'm an introvert.
But maybe we all are better with others (friends, family, furry beings, and lovers) because it's through interaction with them, and their care and love, that we learn how to love ourselves.
This is particularly helpful if we were raised without healthy love, and as a result, don't know how to love ourselves. In that case, the best way to experience it may be with another.
You can see this when children or furry beings come into our lives. We experience what it feels like to unconditionally love - and glimpse what it feels like to love ourselves.
There is a saying - that you can't love others more than you love yourself. Which is uncomfortable - and likely true. So if it's too hard to love you for yourself, do it for others.
What would that feel like? How would our lives change if we just said:
I'm doing my best, and that's enough.
I am lovable - and worthy of the same love I give to everyone else.
Hope this helps.
Wishing you a healthy and happy February filled with inspiration and love.