The old adage about being loved requires that you love yourself first is so true. For a lot of us that’s the trick. When it comes to loving yourself, I would suggest starting with forgiving yourself for your shortcomings, which, by the way, won’t be leaving any time soon.
Another important thing to remember is to not take ourselves so seriously. Have fun with who you are and love the person you’ve become, faults and all. Critically, we must decide with certainty that approval begins in the mirror. Mom, Dad, intimate partners, etc. cannot provide what we so desperately need.