Why Failure is My New Favorite F-Word

I spent a good deal of my life paralyzed by the fear of failure, dancing around the perfectionist bear trap. I was afraid to try anything because I was scared to fail. In some ass backwards way, I thought that failure would lead to me living in a van down by the river. In reality, grim resignation to a van-bound existence os so much more likely to happen if I refuse to even try.