Our expert says:
Sometimes, even though abusive others may cramp our style and prvent us from living the way we think we would want to, there's a crumb of comfort in their certainty and our lack of potential responsibility - yes, we are prevented from succeding as we'd like to, but also we might be prevented from failing.
And when we become more independent, fear of failure may loom large, and discomfort or uneasiness with freedom. A dog who has spent 20 years on a leash, usually doesn't enjoy his freedom when eventually let loose, and may feel scared and uneasy walking on his own.
Even though you're leaving your DIScomfort zone, its unfamiliar terriroty. But if you remain brave and venturesome, you will grow to enjoy your freedom, even including the freedom to make occasional mistakes. Making some wrong choices amongst all the right ones is your basic human right and duty ! There's nothing wrong with making some errors, so long as we learn from them.
MY New Year's wish each year is "Please let me make NEW mistakes" - repeating the old ones is not fruitful, but bein so avoidat of making mistakes that one dares to do nothing, is the biggest mistake of them all.
Continue on the brave path you have begun. Maybe look for support groups or others with similar interests on the way, so as not to feel lonely or too strange.
And this way you'll avoid the sad ending too many people have, of sitting thinking of all the things you MIGHT have done yet never tried.
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