Self-esteem answers the question of “How do I feel about who I am?”  Though they say changes are inevitable in life, we are ever changing as human beings.  It is important to give ourselves value, establish our own worth, and set our own standards and goals based on who we are.  These are not standards defined by the dominant culture which are ever fluctuating.  If you are measuring yourself against a yardstick that is perpetually moving, you are bound to feel like you come up on the short end of the stick.  It is important to strike a balance between accurate self-knowledge  and respect for who we are.