Once you have acknowledged that you have a shadow try and make friends with it. This is a slow process so don't be in a rush. Just like the pauper cat, it takes time to get comfortable with the unfamiliar and it can be easily spooked.
I have found as we get older and our dreams become dictated by what society says we should be buying, dreaming, and doing, we have forgotten our very visions, and what drives us in a deep meaningful way to be who we are.
All of us have a shadow part, and it is not something that an "evil" person possesses. The shadow or the dark side of us is what gives us a perspective to the light side and makes us a whole human being.