For years, I lived in my own darkness. I would put on this fake façade. I'd pretend I had everything I wanted, pretend I didn't need money, pretend I was healthy enough, pretend that I was overall perfectly fine. Ha!! The truth is: none of that was true; I was cowering in the recesses of my mind, hating the way my life was, but too scared to do anything about it. I was scared to get out of my comfort zone, because...well...it's uncomfortable and terrifying. Duh! I was scared to try anything new, because I was afraid of failure. I'm a perfectionist, you see, and being a perfectionist is not always a good thing. With my perfectionism came extreme anxiety, and that was debilitating. Finally, I got so pissed off about my circumstances and decided to actually DO something about it! That's right! I stopped bitching and moaning, and took action! I stepped outside of that God awful comfort zone of mine, and I took a chance on something I didn't know anything about. And, you know what? That was one of the best damn decisions I've ever made! But I didn't stop there! I continue to take steps out of my comfort zone; I continue to make those "tough" decisions I never would have before, and try things I've never done before. Wanna know why? Because I want to live! Because "if you want something you've never had, you have to do things you've never done." I don't want to just survive anymore; I don't want to be controlled by my fears. I want to be an ACTIVE participant in my own life. My life still isn't perfect by any means, but it is so much better than it was. Being consistent is key, I know, and it is something I have to remind myself of each and every day. My point is, if you're not happy with your life, then take control and change it! Take a chance! Do something you've never done, and don't you dare stop to think about it; just do it!