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Harriet Minter goes on a romantic date with herself and discovers that loving oneself is just as important as loving others


A few years ago, I was flicking through the ‘must watch’ section on Netflix and I came across RuPaul’s Drag Race. I instantly fell in love with it. I adored the sentiment with which RuPaul closed every episode: ‘If you don’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?’ There is so much wisdom in that sentence; the understanding that we can’t validate ourselves through others’ validation of us and the understanding that loving someone else starts first with loving yourself. As someone who’s been single most of her life, I thought I was good at loving myself, but it took some RuPaul wisdom to see that, while I liked myself, my own relationship hadn’t gone beyond the ‘casually dating’ stage.

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