Ive just registered and im happy to be a part of this Forum. Just to tell you a bit about myself im 27 and was brought up as a JW from birth. My Mam & Dad have always been JW's & my bro & sis still are. We lived in a small town and I was the only JW at school and as a result got a lot of grief off the other kids due to this. I went to all the meetings & field service but I never realy accepted or understood what I was told and I hated my Mam & Dad cos of the way the other kids treated me.
Anyway, I got baptized at the age of 16 as it seemed to be the right thing to do in my Mam & Dad's eyes. Because I hated the 'truth' so much I started to rebell. Started smoking, (still do), got in trouble with other kids, smoked dope, got involved with girls etc etc. Anyway I was disfellowshiped when I was 17, moved out of home into a bed sit, started work and never saw my parents. I got heavily into drugs, nothing serious, just dope & pills and I never looked back. I moved to the city, better job, better money, & better girls! and here I am today.
I finally got in touch with my parents 2 years ago who were so pleased to hear from me and they do accept responsibility for they way I was treated in my childhood. They dont seem to be as strict now and we get to see eachother now and again.
I really can not accept their way of life, im so much happier now, however, I still have all the thoughts in my head about what I learned at the meetings. It has messed my head up big time because I just dont know if the 'truth' is the truth. My Mam & Dad are reasonable people, pretty much down to earth & clever. My Mam is a solicitor & my Dad is a housing manager for the council & everyone who went to the meetings are sensible, they arnt brainwashed or wacko's. Why would they continue to go to the meetings if it was a load of rubish? Ive been asking myself that for 10 years now.
I could never go back to the meetings, I enjoy my way of life too much and could not conform to their way of living. But i cant help but think that what they believe might be right. (signs of the last days & all that).
But thats it for now, have to get back to work.
I look forward to chatting to you all