Failure is not fun.
It can be awful.
But living so cautiously that you
never fail is worse.
- J. K. Rowling
Life is about doing what you want to do, regardless of how scared you may be, feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
"Don't die with your music still in you" Dr. Wayne Dyer
You can sit on the sideline of life, not participate at all and remain safe, but what kind of life is that? You will never get to second base, with one foot firmly planted on first. You are here to experience life, not avoid it.
Now, all that being said, it's scary to jump into the fray, to put yourself 'out there', to try something new, but what's the alternative? Do you want to wake up in 20 years and still be exactly where you are right now ... same old thing? Do you want to wake up in 20 years and realize that you never followed your dreams, that you never went skydiving or swam with the sharks like you always said you would? There is always an excuse for everything, too old, not enough cash, somewhere else to be, it doesn't matter, they are all just excuses... if you wanted to do something, you would do it. What is holding you back is fear.
"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." FDR
"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself-nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance..."
FD Roosevelt - First Inauguration Speech
Most fears are not real, even though you may be quivering in your boots, you are the only one that can face the fear and do it anyway, you will be glad you did. F.E.A.R. False Evidence Appearing Real