Did you try to find friends who had gotten out also?
Actually, it ended up being a group of about 15 of us (most DF'd), dear Awen (the greatest of love and peace to you!)... all but 3-4 of whom partook while "inside" (non-partakers were spouses)... along with our children. Started with the "wolves" asking me to leave. These others were learning what I was learning... and from the same Source... so when they were questioned, their responses were similar (and, of course, they were accused of associating with me... which blew them away because they had all been "pillars" and couldn't believe they weren't being believed by those sitting on their respective "tribunals"). Actually, the opposite was true: since we were all hearing and learning similar things, some (men, primarily, but a couple of the "sisters" who had "regularly pioneered" for years) actually had a problem with my "contributions". So, I actually often refrained from sharing things.
Have had some contact with a couple/few who have gotten out since...
Did you try to get others out?
Actually, no, never. I was the one who told everyone that we needed to be "humble, obedient, wait on 'Jehovah', not make waves," etc. Didn't matter, though. We all tried to just stick to the truth, as well as the "attitude" that the Society had taught us to have. But once they started coming after us wasn't much we could do except renounce our anointing... and Christ... in favor of the "Society and it's Faithful and Discreet Slave". None of us could do that, so...
Did you go to school (college/university)?
Yep. Got a JD in 2008. Not from a prestigious school, of course (couldn't afford that)... but I wanted to show my kids that there IS life after the WTBTS. And there certainly is education.
How different was the "world" you now found yourself in compared to living in JW-Land?
Well, I had come out of the world INTO the Borg, so it wasn't that big of a shock for ME. Some of the others had to "adjust" and, unfortunately, not all were able. Some went back to the things they had left off doing when they went in (i.e., drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, etc.). One thing some of us learned is that some (most) have difficulty living as a "free" people - that they NEED others to set boundaries and hold them to rules... tell them what they can/cannot, should/should not do... because they can't do/figure it out for themselves. As a result, they either turn to yet another religion (and, unfortunately, only "defiling" themselves all over again, sadly - I know, I know... not all believe this, but...)... or totally crash and burn. Not all, no. But most, unfortunately. Some marriages, including mine, didn't survive (although the end of mine wasn't at all related). Which is why the Borg is able to convince those still in her... and who live in great FEAR... that leaving HER will result in their demise: because it happens all the time. The BEST revenge for those angry at her? Do your best to live a GOOD life! Pursue your dreams... but without compromising your integrity... or giving up your faith!
What surprised you? Were the "worldy people" anything like what the WTS had warned you about pre-exit?
Really only one thing: I did not find the people in college to be non-believers, per se. To the contrary, I found most to be believers of some kind. or another. However, very few were RELIGIOUS. So, I fit right in!
Great thread and questions, dear Awen... and I am sure someone will benefit from the responses, so thank you!
Again, peace to you!
YOUR servant, sister, and fellow slave of Christ,