When you do lose your self-image and drop your view of the world, you will look back and wonder why you ever hung onto them. They consume huge amounts of energy, and resistance to your fate will do the same. For many of us that resistance IS so strong because of the unverbalised question, "But if I do this, will I still be me?" We can only ask this question because we THINK we know ourselves. Sheer folly really.
There is nothing to lose, but everything to gain.
With warm regards,