Positives of Growing Up JW

by Pig 27 Replies latest jw friends

  • Pig

    I dont think any of us are glad we grew up in the org. But I was thinking about people who get cancer, and if they are lucky enough to beat it often they will say that they were better for the experience. Before they got cancer they were stressed because they had to work extra hours in a shitty job to make ends meet, the kids were nothing but trouble and they spent their lives wishing that time would go faster, that week would be over, that the year would be over. Cancer took them out of that and changed the way they look at thir family and their preciouse time on this earth.

    Being a JW was emotionally cripling, and after coming out I realised how ill adjusted I was to normal life.

    But being abnormal gives you a totally differnt perspective to everything. It's kind of like an Irishman coming to Australia and pointing out something perculiar that you never really thought about, but it makes you appreciate it a new way.

    It's hard to explain, I dont like what I grew up in, but if someone could magically replace those life memories and perpectives with those of a normal person, I dont think I'd want that. Because I think I find joy in things that others take for granted.

    Anyway, do you try put a positive twist on things?

  • Mad Sweeney
    Mad Sweeney

    I would never have met and married my wife if not for being a Dub.

    Um, that's about it.

    My upbringing was happy but IT WASN'T REAL. I can't really bring myself to find a lot of positives in living a lie even if it did make me think I was happy for a long time.

  • OnTheWayOut

    I get what you are saying. My experience with Jehovah's Witnesses has caused me to examine spirituality, religion, the Bible. Along with that, it has caused me to seek tranquility.

    But, I do not look at it like I am better FOR the experience. That credits a negative. I view it as being better DESPITE the experience.

    I mean, if you are involved in a terrible auto accident that kills your best friend, but you meet an incredible doctor/nurse during your hospital stay that winds up being your soulmate, you don't say you are glad you had that accident.

  • wasblind

    Ditto, on thewayout :)


    There are No Positives growing up in Watchtower World..

    It`s a Shit Hole with a Forced Smile..

    Complaining will only bring you More Misery..

    So Smile..Your a JW..

    Your Supposed to be One of "The Happiest People on Earth"..

    It says so in the WBT$ Advertising..


  • punkofnice

    I had no friends....except the 'worldly' ones at school. This gave me time to read and learn a couple of musical instruments............................but............would I have done that anyway?

  • hellenback

    As a public speaker and a saleman the ministry school benefitted me . I can sell ice to eskimos and sand to arabs but maybe thats my personality and inherited from my dad. S maybe nothing lol

  • wearewatchingyouman

    I learned the art of being a chameleon... I can fit in with just about any group of people anywhere and hold my own...

  • NomadSoul

    Memories is the thing that makes us. What gives us an identity of who we are.

    Who knows how different one would be if they weren't raised a JW. I don't see any positives of growing up a JW. But as an author once said, "I don't regret the past. I wear my scars as if they were medals".

  • Bucholz

    I agree with hellenback, growing up a JW certainly helped with my public speaking skills, which are a MUST in my job. Also I stayed away from drugs and smoking when I was a child. I always try to view the positive side of negative experiences, and that's all I can think of.

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