But almost all my acquaintances are jw's.
I did all my holidays/travels in the last 5 years with jw's.
I think I barely know 2 people from outside in the town where I live.
You have defined your problem......#1. it's about having people to associate with. #2,You only know 2 worldly people in the town where you live.
When my wife and I left left the town where we pioneered (where the need was great) we said good by to our witness friends but not a single non witness outside of a bible study or two. Our intent was to fade. But we were troubled by the lack of normal relationships not depended on being JW's.
Flash forward some 40 years and we have at minimum a hundred friends if you count being on a first name basis, attending social gatherings, doing lunch, dinner, invites etc. Two are even JW's the type that enjoy a party, laughter, swapping stories (not religion).
So what changed? My wife and I volunteer in our community. I sat on a preservation board where everyone had a PhD or Masters degree while I had a HS diploma and 3&1/2 years pioneering. But I earned my place and their respect because if I committed to a project or some research I always came through. My wife volunteered at the community pool and gives an aerobics class twice a week. She doesn't swim by the way nor do any of the ladies in her class they stand and work out with water weights and other gear.......and talk and laugh. I think that part of the work out is as important as the exercise.
Twice a year she has her 'pool ladies' over for a ladies luncheon. Once a year we host a 'Board' party that includes husbands and wives, a neighbor or two and perspective board members.
So what's the secret? Pretty much what you do as a JW. You meet regularly with people who are interested in what your interested in. Or in what you might become interested in. The interest centers around a common good but something you've always wanted to know more about or which helps strangers, or benefits an organization that is set up to help people in your community. We have the library volunteers, animal rescue, women's shelter, every school and charity, every group that provides a service, has a need for volunteers.
You make friends exactly as you did in the KH by meeting regularly, having a common interest, being attentive and kind, through laughter and mutual interests and always recognizing one another's essential humanity.
Eventually your KH time requirements are nothing compared to the good work you can do in your community.
It sounds like your just two friends away from leaving the JW construct and living in a real community.