Someone told me last week, "Everyone wants to be loved and accepted and has some level of fear of rejection. We're all broken in different ways to different degrees."
The reason I found this memorable was because it made it okay. It seems like most of the time, I'm getting a different message: that I'm supposed to be strong and independent, that I'm not supposed to be bothered by the things that bother me. But guess what. It sucks to be alone. It sucks to be rejected. Can't we just allow people to want to be loved?