I grew up with a very strict set of rules that was ingrained into my very being, and I imagine most of you can say the same. Now that we're here, we don't need permission. Not to take risks, get in shape, or spend time and energy working on ourselves.
Ultimately, we are in charge of ourselves. I hope that scares the crap out of some of you, because it scares the living daylights out of me!
Here's what I'm getting at: There's no room for fear and you don't need permission from anybody except yourself. Life is shorter than we want to realize, so embrace your funk and make something happen.