OK. Minimus had his 'what did you hate about being a JW' thread, so I want to take a different tack on this.
I'll even start it. I loved some of the get-togethers we had. Lots of good food, good fun, dancing, singing, music, laughs, good friends. There are some really fond memories there.
While attending CAs and DCs could be boring, I enjoyed the evenings AFTER the program ended. Going out to eat with friends, having a few drinks and some interesting conversations.
I loved the travel that was available. I got to see Jamaica, Canada, Peru and lots of the US due to being a JW. It was fun.
There were some people that I loved, and love til this day, even though they would likely not even talk to me now. We had some great times together, shared some of life's best and worst possible moments. How many times I sat with people in hospitals while loved ones died, or stood with them while they married, or saw their first child. Life often had a special intensity during my years as a Witness, and there were parts of that that I remember fondly.
Even though we are now divorced, I still love the wife of 32 years that I had because I was a JW. That relationship has changed so very dramatically, but I still see her as one of the best people I have ever known, and together we created three of the most amazing and beautiful people I know. We had a very good life together for a very long time, a better and longer time together than most people will ever know, and I treasure that memory.
Any other thoughts out there?