"Love you neighbor as yourself," says the Beloved, which we usually hear as, "Love your neighbor as much as and in the same way as you love yourself."
But what if he meant, "Love your neighbor as you," as an extension of you, as another manifestation of God's energy and consciousness, not love as if your neighbor were you, but because your neighbor is you, because your neighbor and you are one, just as you and God are one (as the Beloved also said).
Love your neighbor as another part of yourself. Love your neighbor as a further embodiment of the holy All.
As both child and youth I dreamed of adulthood when everything would finally come together, when I would enjoy the resources and freedom to do what I wanted, to choose as I wished, when all my insecurities and anxieties would vanish.
Sweet adulthood: no bullies, no pressure, no restrictions, no self-doubts, no rejection. Stability. Peace.
Well, we all know how that turns out.
Ends up that adulthood really means accepting that being human is being human no matter your age. One is left to create meaning and joy in the spaces between the bullies and self-doubts, the misunderstandings and frustrations.