I have been brave and I have been fearful. But sometimes, I feel fear that is almost paralyzing.
I have always found that when I am afraid the best action is to just jump in, head first. The first time I left home, I packed my things and moved to a foreign country. I left all I knew: my college, my friends, my comfort... three days before my trip, I was crying so hard I couldn't breath. I will never forget my dad's words to me when I went to him crying: if it doesn't work out you can always come back home, but if you do not do this, you will always wonder "what if."
I am never afraid to say I am afraid. I am never embarrassed of my insecurities and my self doubts. I also am not embarrassed to decide not to do something because it will be a hazard to my health (call me coward college friends, I still rather not do drugs and hop in car), but if it is something I really want, I prefer to fail than to know my fear has gotten the best of me.