Fear keeps you from trying something new or difficult. Fear whispers inside your head you’re going to fail. Fear says you’re going to look stupid. Fear says people are going to laugh at you.
Maybe those fears came from something that happened to you as a child. Maybe they came from being taught someone else’s fears.
You confront fears by talking about them. Sometimes it helps to think of fear as rats in the basement. If you don’t talk about the rats, they seem to get bigger. But if you confront the rats, or fears, and talk about them, they get smaller.
You have many difficult lessons to learn as you start your life over after incarceration. The rats may talk to you sometimes. Call them out. Tell them off. And then lock them up in the basement, where they belong.