Sometimes I know exactly what I need to hear. But telling myself something just isn't the same as hearing it from someone else.
Right now I just need to hear that I should do the thing(s) I'm afraid to do.
I can't tell myself, because I don't listen to myself, so I'm going to tell you instead. In case anyone else needs to hear it, this is what I'm telling you, in earnest, from the heart: whatever you're afraid of, do it anyway. Go for the thing you think you can't achieve. Write the manuscript you think you can't handle. Query the big agent you're sure will form-letter reject you. Move across the country just because you're tired of the weather. Adopt a cat even though your apartment is tiny and you don't know where the litter box would go. Apply for the job you don't think you'll get, or for the school you're sure won't ever let you in. Lean in for the kiss, ask your crush out, buy the ring, sit down across from the cute person at the coffee shop.
There are a lot of good reasons not to do something. But being afraid isn't one. It's the worst reason I can think of to hold yourself back.