The following quote is by Pema Chodron and is from her 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'.
LEAVING THE NEST
"All too frequently we relate like timid birds who don't dare to leave the nest.
Here we sit in a nest that's getting pretty smelly and that hasn't served its function
in a very long time.
No one is arriving to feed us. No one is protecting us and keeping us warm.
And yet we keep hoping mother bird will arrive.
We could do ourselves the ultimate favor and finally get out of that nest.
That this takes courage is obvious. That we could use some helpful hints is also clear.
We may doubt that we're up to being a warrior-in-training.
But we can ask ourselves this question:
'Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?'