We ALL KNOW how hard it is, usually, for those rasied in the truth to readjust "outside in the world" once they leave ... so not to undermine them (esp. because I am one of them ) but this thread is not another one of them. The title says it all.
For those who came in later in life - regardless of how many times from the podium you were instructed not to "leave the love you had at first" many of you are here because you found out the "truth about the truth" whether it was the people or doctrine or combination ... and were willing to open your mind, realize the "truth about the truth" and leave.
Not to undermine all those years and mind numbing propaganda you endured in the JW's, but I have always felt:
Witnesses who "come from the world" (ie those who came in later in life and esp. not those raised in) have a MUCH easier transition to "go right back" out "into the world".
1) You luckily were NOT RAISED IN and therefore escaped the JW conditioning during the formidable youth years (K-12) when Witnesses kids come under extra scrutiny to live up to the model. Sometimes to the point of breaking them. I even see this with my extended cousin who "came in" at 24. She is very confident and self aware than virtually all the other girls in my hall ... (more on that in a later thread).
2) Unless you still have family now inside you have no reason to stay
3) Well ... to rehash again ... you came from "the world" so all you have to do (I am being an ass and assuming) is "reboot" your mindset to before you got that first knock on the door. I know it isnt THAT easy (or maybe it is) but just forget JW style thinking. Think and act how you were rasied before you became a JW. Now you know its all fake simply go back to being about self and those close to you others, go back to not being so JW passive-agressive-nice-guy-or-gal, go back disliking agendas or policies that you used to because you have every right to (as long as it isnt racist or stupid) ... go right back to ... you get the picture.
What do you think?