I always thought I loved myself. Maybe I did when I was younger and forgot as I got older. I had to think more deeply about it after a very beloved Heavenly Spiritual Guide said to me: "When are you going to stop pretending to love yourself?"
I stewed about it for awhile, but finally got off my high horse and asked, "ok, so what does it look like when I love myself? You tell me." I received this answer from the same voice inside my head:
You love yourself by taking yourself seriously and not seriously. You love yourself by taking good care of your mind, body and spirit. And you love yourself by not thinking you are always right; opening to the other one's thought and being in fascination. You owe yourself that.
Let's review. You love yourself by taking yourself seriously and taking yourself foolishly. Be serious about your connection to Spirit. Be serious about your connection to your Higher Self. And for God's sake, be serious about your connection to your loved ones, too. But be foolishly open to new suggestions, to seeing things from another's perspective. Be in fascination of what's to come, not in fear of doing it right, especially for someone else's benefit.
Be good to you because that's every one's job. While they are being good to themselves, it benefits you, too. Do you understand what I am saying? I am saying live life without worry and give of yourself every moment. In this, you will have many things to celebrate when it is all said and done. And it will be all said and done some day. That we know for sure. Are you prepared? As I have been quoted as saying, "Be in this world but not of it." Don't let it bring you down. At the same time, uplift and be uplifted by all that is around you.