Your feelings will come out into the open sooner or later, so you might as well bring them up yourself. You tend to avoid discussing an uncomfortable subject if you're afraid of how others will react. However, it doesn't really matter now. All that's important is for you to get busy and find a way to let some of your pent-up emotions flow through your protective shell. You must be willing to take a risk in order to reap the rewards of a supportive relationship.