"Too often we long for and make illusions of a wonderful romance with another person. How many of us "romance" or love ourselves first before dreaming of our own fairy tales?"
A lot of us yearn to be loved and continuously roam the world just to bump into the One True Thing - HAPPINESS. Is the feeling of being loved in return equated to being in bliss? Why do so many people think another person or being attached to worldly things can gain them authentic happiness and satisfaction in this life? That "elusive happiness" is the source of some unfateful individual's heartaches and discontent in what they brand to be miserable lives.
Some become too desperate and beg for love so they may be complete and whole like they said. Authentic happiness resides within you. It's not dependent on being tied to the hips with a lover or gaining the richness of the world. Come to think of it, material things may give you a "temporary high" but once you go back within the four corners of your room, would welcome you with this dreaded melancholy again for these mundane things can't make you whole.
Just the same, we cannot love another person unless we first learn to love ourselves. Who else will adore the you in "you"? If you can't find happiness on being alone, be content and feel blessed with what God has gifted you with, you cannot find this "real happiness" in the company of other people.
Loving thyself is considered divine. We are created in God's beautiful image and for this, we are all wonderfully created! We are His masterpiece, His work of art. ( He must have been using a good photo canvas service, don't you think? ) What could be a better token of appreciation we can give Him than loving ourselves first and foremost. When all else fails and you cannot count on those people around you - you are left with nothing and no one but yourself!
Take good care of this borrowed life and live it to the fullest. Be not just a pilgrim traversing the seas and the open wild but leave remarkable footprints on this earth by contributing to it's beauty and splendor. Love thyself divinely.