You'll never know the answer to something if you don't ask the question. It sounds simple, but sometimes we get so caught up in worry over the answer, we never ask the question. What's the worst thing that can happen? You're told no? Or what you already feared is confirmed? Oh well. Ignorance is not bliss. It's rather uncomfortable. There are a couple of things that have stuck with me through the year. First, there is no such thing as a stupid question. (Unless of course you're being sarcastic.) This is especially true in a group setting. If you're wondering something, chances are someone else is wondering the same thing. The second guideline is, the answer to the unasked question is always no. If there is something you want or need and someone else can help you get it... just ask. You won't get anywhere by not asking the question. Take the risk. I promise you'll survive if you get a negative answer. At least you'll know you need to move on.
Don't let fear (of rejection, of denial, of ridicule or anything else) keep you from asking a question. As long as it's sincere, you'll be respected for the effort. And you won't have to live in the land of "what if."