It’s been about one year since I made the decision to leave the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization.
- I’ve lost almost 100% of my former friends due to cult indoctrination and phobias.
- Relationships with my JW family are tenuous.
- I’ve lost a large part of my former professional network, since many of them were also Jehovah’s Witnesses and I am persona non grata in their eyes.
- We left a place we loved because it would have been too painful to stay in our small community as we went through the events of the past year.
- We left our cat behind.
- I feel more mentally free than I have ever felt. And I’m feeling more free by the day.
- My relationship with my wife is far better than it ever has been.
- I feel alive. Possibly for the first time.
- Letting go of negative feelings, guilt, and shame about sex has started to free me sexually.
- I don’t have to feel bad about being depressed or about feeling ecstatic (or about feeling anything in between).
- I can do things for people because I want to, without any ulterior motive.
- My values are my own.
- We’ve traveled through six countries, met some new wonderful people, and spent time in some amazing places. We are currently expats, living in Amsterdam.
- I’ve reconnected with family I’d previously neglected or not gotten to know at all.
- I feel far less fear on a daily basis.
- I feel a deep connection with the world at large. The good and the bad.