As Britain is becoming a more socially mobile and tolerant country, our status within society is increasingly of our own making. In the past, if we were born into one class in society, we had a set role and limited expectations. Nowadays we have more freedom to create our own destiny. For most of us, our class, gender, sexuality or ethnic background should not prevent us from being successful people. It is incredibly freeing to have no restrictions, but it also means that we have to accept responsibility for our status in society. Obviously we do not live in a totally open and equal society; prejudices still exist and people are not born with equal talents, opportunities, or luck. We therefore need to find ways of maintaining a healthy self-esteem so that we can make the most of our abilities regardless of our situation.
People with high self-esteem tend not to abuse their bodies. They respect themselves and strive to be their best. They make the most of their bodies, their looks and abilities, continually building on their capabilities, achievements and potential. People with high self-esteem have the confidence to believe they matter and they will challenge the way things are and change their society and environment for the better.