What I think has replaced that is a fear of missing out. And I'm not necessarily talking about missing out on marriage or children, I think it's bigger than all of that. I don't want to miss out on a life I might have had just because I was too afraid to take a chance or too afraid to do the work. Living that way is no kind of life. I don't mean that I'm going to start doing things without thinking them through, but if my fear of what might happen is the only thing that's holding me back, then maybe that's the thing I should take on. Does this make any sense at all?
I just don't want to get to the end of my life and be left with nothing but "what if's." I've never been big on stewing over my regrets, but I just feel that if I don't start living my life now, when is that going to happen? I don't want to miss out on a life that was bigger than my wildest dreams simply because I didn't try.