It only took me about 10yrs to get over my fear of the world... and a further 5-ish-yrs to start to learn to take it head on, I definitely haven't finished yet.
I can't say I'm not enjoying the ride so far, I've done a bit of travelling, touched four continents this year, climbed the highest mountains in a bunch of places, met all sorts of people from high society to the poorest communities, been on freakin' TV, kept in touch and met up with friends all over the world (Ken!) and driven a whole buncha different types of cars (everybody grabs achievements in their own special ways =P ).
I can quite readily say that I've lived without regret for the past coupla years simply because of one little phrase:
"Sure, why not?"
Happy New Year Everyone! =)