The fear of rejection tends to rule several areas if not all areas of our lives. The reason you are choosing not to do something comes down to avoiding rejection.
However, by you avoiding rejection from others, you are rejecting the part of yourself that wants something more soul fulfilling. So that kinda sucks if we are being rejected either way.
Why would God design a system where we will experience feelings of rejection either way then? Do people in heaven feel rejected? Do rejected people from heaven go to hell?
I believe rejection is part of the process of learning our lessons. In the process of learning our lessons, we learn “I am what I am”. Let me clarify. “I am what I am” does not mean “this is who I choose to be and I refuse to change.” “I am what I am” is the embodiment of one’s soul.