updated 10/01/2010 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/02/2010 AT 10:00 AM ET
Nearly six months after announcing her split from longtime love Tammy Lynn Michaels, Melissa Etheridge is ready to enter the dating world again.
“You gotta be fearless about these things,” she told PEOPLE at Hard Rock’s Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness program launch this week.
The rocker, 49, has been choosing to focus on love instead of fear to get through the past year. “There is no fear when you choose love,” she explained. “The more you choose love, the more love is in your life. It gets easier and easier.”