Until recently, my younger child had no fear of the dark. She insisted on sleeping with the lights off and the door closed. Dark and quiet, so perfect for sleeping. My son, however, for many years has wanted the door open, and the lights on in the hallway. Within the last month, they've completely swapped attitudes.
He's realized that there's nothing in the dark that isn't there in the light. My daughter is even afraid to walk down the hallway now if it's not well lit.
Have you noticed when we're born, we're afraid of essentially nothing. We'd happily run down the middle of the street naked, not a concern in the world. We'll say anything to anyone, under any circumstances, not a shred of anxiety. The dark is not a problem at this point either. But along the way we learn to be afraid of the dark along with everything thing else we grow to fear.
Near the end, our understanding evolves until we're not afraid of much anymore. Sit down and really talk to an older person near the end of his life, or someone of any age in hospice care. At that point, we're granted a new understanding of life and the world. People in that situation aren't afraid anymore of what anyone thinks. They say and do as they please, just like very young children.
It's something to consider; if you're not going to be afraid when you're 80 years old, why not just start being fearless now. After all, it's really just being afraid of the dark. Not easy, for sure, but that doesn't mean it's not worth pursuing.
Imagine you only had 12 months left to live; what would your general attitude be regarding all the things you're afraid to do and say? Would you still be afraid to ask out that beautiful woman/man? Launch that new IM product?
Would you still be afraid to take that big chance? Would you reget the things you haven't done?