Trust your struggle, trust your journey.
Even if you feel a lot more fulfilled, still don't unblock them. Don't slip back into validation-seeking mode.
Our eyes are in front because it is better to look ahead than to look back. Don't dwell on the past. Live in now. Now is the present moment.
They are called, "SELF-worth" and "SELF-esteem" for a reason... we can't let others decide what we are worth, that is so dangerous! Empower yourself!