One thing I’ve noticed about those who are “awakened” is that they realize that they haven’t a clue as to who/what they are and are completely comfortable and fully at peace with this. In fact, they often report feeling a great “burden” lifted off their shoulders, as the weight of carrying around a false and heavy identity falls away. They realize that they can function fine, in fact even better, be more present, etc., when “they” are no where to be found!
However, for the vast majority, the fear of the unknown is so terrifying, and the GUILT and SELF-LOATHING so great, that they would (mostly unconsciously) rather hang on to their victim story (I’m depressed, I’m sad, I’m anxious, I’m lonely, Nobody loves me, etc.) than let it go and be free. Yes, clinging to this self-made identity feels absolutely horrible and painful, but at least I know who I am…. after all, it’s a story I am very familiar with.
Being nothing? Forget it says the ego.