"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson
I can't think of a better quote to align with "Go To War With Fear". And it's true. It's easy to sit in our own feelings of inadequacy. It's easy to hang out with our familiar demons and the things that hold us back. What's hard is change. What we're afraid of is failure. We allow so many of these things to keep us from chasing after what we truly want, that the darkness becomes routine and we fear stepping into the light. I'm here to tell you right now: the light is blinding. It's blinding because when you stay in the dark for so long, you don't understand the light. It's hard to see when it finally comes out. It IS scary. It IS different. But it's good. It's so good. Find something small, and risk that failure. Risk that difference. And then the next thing will be a little easier. Before long, you'll be surrounded by a light you never thought you'd know, and you'll be so proud of how far you've come to get there.
I've spent a lot of time in the dark. I still spend quite a bit of time there. I'm an artist - it's my life! I am confronted by fear in so many different ways every day. I'm an anxious wreck before our shows. I get nervous interacting with people. Not because I don't like them, but because I want them to keep thinking I'm a cool guitar player and not the awkward Krelboyne I tend to be most of the time. I get nervous about messing up a single note. I get nervous about not being able to sing on pitch or hold a scream. And that's all just stuff with music! We won't even get in to my fear of rubber bands.
The point is, you will hurt yourself a million times over if you don't take a chance on yourself. Comfort is great, and in a lot of cases it shouldn't be sacrificed. But to quote one of my favorite films (Deadpool) "Over a lifetime, there are only four or five moments that really matter. Moments when you're offered a choice - to make a sacrifice, conquer a flaw, save a friend, spare an enemy. In these moments, everything else falls away." If you take a chance on even one of those moments, to go against comfort and challenge yourself to face a fear, it could change your life for the better forever. And that's what really matters.