If you are familiar with the work of Brene Brown, then you already know we as humans are hardwired for connection, meaning we need to be in relationship with one another. If you are not familiar, Google Brene, you'll be glad you did. We long to belong, to know we are loved, accepted, respected, and included by others. We know this intuitively but there's also been much research on the subject.
The reason it's so hard to do or have the relationships we need is because we're afraid of being hurt by others. A distinct possibility and a most certain reality. But fear is never a reason not to love and be loved, never. The results of loving and being loved are too great, too transcendent, to be stopped by fear. Take a chance, give your love away, forgive past hurts, and let yourself be free to fly into the arms of others. It's breathtaking.