what do you have to be afraid of? pain? you know pain to be transient. never permanent. even the most prolific pain passes. so what then? you have nothing to lose, because in truth you can have nothing at all. there is only gain to be found here. only self expression, only the shared smile that put you here in the first place and only the reflection of the world you want to live. you need not be afraid. those words sound empty. empty but true. the true challenge is giving in and letting go. allowing the universe to work its magic on you, having faith that everything is as it should be. always easier said then done, and easier said to others then to yourself in the mirror.