It took me a very long time to work out that true self-esteem, the essence of self-esteem, is actually an ‘inside job’.
That it doesn’t come from people, places and things outside of myself. It comes from how I show up in the world, through knowing myself and respecting myself, through being in integrity with myself and with others, from the courage it takes to truly be myself. To know I am doing the best I can. To truly love myself for that.