I know this pain far too well. There have been times in my life where I stayed in a safe place too long. I stayed in bad jobs, in a terrible relationship, and generally stayed closed to the wonderful possibilities life was desperately trying to offer me.
Mainly, I stayed out of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of being wrong. Fear of making a mistake. But letting fear make the decision for me was worse than any of those things ever could have been.