Good question. Why should you love yourself now? Are you really worthy? Is it really time? Are you really ready? The answer to these questions is YES, YES, YES. Yes, you are worthy. Yes, it is time. Yes, you are ready!
But in case you’re still full of doubt, I started making a list, and I asked some of your fellow radical self lovers on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve included some of my favourite responses. Allow their courage and general badassery to inspire you, and encourage you to make the leap into full-on radical self love.
Why Should You Love Yourself Now?
Because all your excuses are bullshit.
Because when you are unapologetic about who you are, you give others the freedom to do the same. (Sas)
Because the amount of love you’re able to give out is directly proportionate to the amount of love you give yourself.
Because all your ancestors brought you here. You are the result of the love of thousands. (Nadine)
Because until you really love yourself, you won’t have the best sex ever.
Because it’s better than the alternative. (Aimee)
Because you’re the only person who can’t see how wonderful you really are.
Because you were strong enough to unfriend him today! (Meredith)
Because, to quote Talladega Nights, you piss excellence.
Because you are an infinite powerful deliberate creator! (Teri)
Because you are stronger than you could ever imagine.
Because you are made of INFINITE possibilities! (Anastasia)
Because you have the ability to utterly transform your life at any moment.
Because being loved is the best feeling ever! (Edie)
Because loving yourself is a habit that gets easier and easier.
Because you have the strength and courage to make this life infinitely awesome. (Ashleah)
Because there’s no time like the present.
Because you have grand visions for the future and you are powerful enough to make it happen. (Meg)
Because if not now, when?
Because your life is a really, really phenomenal gift. And really, really phenomenal gifts tend to induce all KINDS-a shoutin, stomping, shrieking, and celebrating. (Heather)
Because you’ve been through hell and survived.
Because you just kicked open heart surgery’s ASS this week. (Lis)
Because you make the right choices for you.
Because you didn’t let someone’s unkind comments and opinion change your perception of you: kick-ass self-loving strong female. You sent them love and light and let it go. (Kirstie)
Because, as Buddha said,
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
Because you’re a badass! (Emily)
Because your value doesn’t depend on anyone else’s opinion of you.
Because you are worth much more than you think you are. You will learn to be on your own and be an awesome beautiful single woman. (Raegan)
Because you are complicated, multi-faceted and flawed… And that’s wonderful.
Because you take yourself out on the best dates! (Cristina)
Because when you love yourself, you inspire others to love themselves.
Because when you love yourself, you see miracles happen right in front of your eyes!!! (Jessica)
Because you have the coolest secret dance moves.
Because life is a blessing and the more we love ourselves the easier it is to love other people (April)
Because you have so much love for other people, and it’s time to shine a little back onto yourself.
Because you are a survivor. You’re not gonna give up after all you’ve accomplished this far. For all your hard work & efforts you deserve the fruits of your labor & to pamper yourself like a goddess. (Mani)
Because I like the way you work it, no diggity.
Because you’re not sitting around anymore and doing nothing about your sadness. You’re making a change in your life. (Arie)
Because the way you see yourself in your imagination can be a reality.
Because you go at the perfect pace for you. (Ariel)
BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT.
Photo from Vivienne Westwood.