One thing this site has made me reflect on the baptism practice in JW land.
Many of us were raised in the religion, thus you were given the pressure early on to shoot for baptism as a goal.
I remember feeling bad because I waited until the ripe old age of 14 to take the plunge.
Looking back, I realize that when I was 14, I didnt even know what my favorite color was, let alone have enough knowledge to make a life altering decision. Yet, growing up in that climate, I would say anyone who waited past their early teens to get baptised was viewed with great suspicion and was likely to be viewed as "bad association". Kids who took the dip at 8-9 years of age were viewed as "wise beyond their years" and the like.
How old were some of you when you were baptised, and what are your feelings on the matter?
The problem with it to me is that you are basically signing a contract saying "If you get older and gain more knowledge, and you find that this faith isnt for you anymore - tough. Get ready to be ostracized, cut-off, and viewed with disdain!!"
To me, there is no way at a young age that you realize the gravity of your decision.