Last week was my first week in college on my new counselling course. Last year I decided I wanted to join a course which would help me to understand my own sufferings and try to help others to do the same. We introduced ourselves to our class mates and I made it very clear to them all that i am gay and I was kicked out of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and now im much happier. On coffee break, one of the women on the course came up to me and congratulated me on being true to myself and leaving the JW's. She then went into some detail about her experiences with Jehovah’s Witnesses. She said that she has always found them to be very odd and most unreasonable, but she pointed out that only once, she had a lovely conversation with a nice young JW who was pleasant and polite. I told her that very few JW’s are like that.
Anyway, today, we got chatting a little more and we decided that it would help our studies if we met up next week sometime. She said she would call me on Tuesday as she is going to see her mum who lives in a certain street nearby where I live. When she said the name of the street, I kind of stopped and ran through all the references I have to that street (this is just a psychological thing I do - I think I like to try and make connections). Naturally, one of the connections I have is the fact that I have preached there several times. I asked which house and she said the number. THEN I STOPPED!
I then reasoned it all through in my head and said to her: "IV MET YOU BEFORE!" I explained that i preached in that area on that house about 10 months ago and i met a woman about your height, who enjoys spirituality and holistic therapy, and who had just finished a counselling course and was going to start another one in September. She then said: "YES!!! ITS YOU! YOU WERE THE NICE YOUNG JW MAN !" When she said that i was shocked. I remember having the conversation with her about spirituality and really connecting with her. I was going through a lot at that point suffering with my sexuality and the religion and we just clicked. Needless to say the brother I was with wanted to bring it all back to JW speak, but we were having a great chat. Hehe...
Anyway, it’s crazy that we are now on the same course. She said to me that she remembered our chat and that it didn’t even click that the young man she was referring to was the very young man that she was drinking coffee with at that very moment. She then commended me further for how much I have grown and how proud she is of me already.
Anyway, the whole experience made me feel very close to her and i feel we are going to be great friends. It also goes to show that all this crap that everyone who isnt a JW is wicked is utter shi*e!