If you've been reading this series, you know its about self-esteem; specifically women and their self-esteem (mine, that is). Well, for my final installment, I thought I'd cover a different angle. This blog is dedicated to men.
You may be asking, "Since when do men have self-esteem issues?" In my observations, from day one, just like women. The difference, I have found, is men are taught to pretend they are stronger from a young age. Correct me if I'm wrong, but men in their teens and twenties are conditioned to be our knight in shining armor, have bravado, and a larger-than-life ego. As women, we feed into their misconception until we marry. Then, over time, things change.
I have reconnected with a few men from high school and college, and all of them have self-esteem issues. They were all confident and appeared secure in who they were when we were young. Of course, I was not. Now, as I become more secure in who I am, I see the lack of confidence and insecurities in others around me. Men who I admired young are feeling unworthy of healthy relationships, like their lives lack meaning, that they aren't interesting, or that they are just trapped in unloving relationships. Sound familiar?
Seems we all have the same issues - feeling inadequate because our significant other told us we were or society did. So my advice to the men - look in the mirror and say, "I'm interesting and damn handsome!" You've been led to believe the lies all these years that you're just not up to par. Now it's time to believe the truth. If I can look in the mirror and tell myself I'm beautiful and sexy then you can be interesting and handsome!