We also talked about Question 3, and about the times in our lives when we have felt muffled or insulated from really experiencing life. It seems like those times have occurred when we've been depressed over some important loss in our lives, such as a divorce, the loss of an important career, or a heartbreak. We noticed that although it can feel as though the years we spend in that emotionally cut-off state may feel as though they were wasted, they actually seem to have provided us with important insights into ourselves and triggered essential changes in ourselves that seemed impossible prior to that heartbreak. So in retrospect, they may have been necessary, even though they were very difficult.
Finally, one participant said that she has decided she's no longer willing to hold herself back from the risk of embarrassment, because she lost out on so much pleasure by trying to keep herself safe. Someone else mentioned Ashleigh Brilliant's comment, "Sometimes it is easier to do the impossible than to do the embarrassing."
Here are the questions: