I guess it's all in how you want to look at life, the cup half empty or half full. It seems to me Craig that you have found the problem, which for some is a long trek that leads to many adventures, some good some bad. Now the adventure is to find the right solution, for everyone it's different.
I am almost certain that there are a lot of "stunted" people out there who never heard or delt in anyway with a religious cult. Very few are able to look inside themselves for the answers and even fewer are ready to acknowledge the problem, sadly even fewer are willing to do the inside job and work on themselves. I have learned in my journey that finding the problem is half the job, the easy half, the solution is where the true work lies and the biggest reward comes from.
Craig and all of you that responded, we are fortunate IMHO that we had an upbringing that taught us values and instilled in us the abilitity to think. All those bible studies weren't for nothing! I feel in many respects that I am ahead of the game of life as opposed to some of my female counter parts that are in the same situation I'm in now, single, old and unskilled and off to college to get educated. I at least know how to study, how to pay attention in class even when it's boring, how to schedule classes around a busy schedule, take notes, do homework when I would rather go outside and play, hehe ;o) all this I learned from the countless meetings and assemblies I endured and yes they made me stronger. Imagine having to buckle down and learn some of that while 50 years old!
In life it's not the things that come easy that make us what we are but it's the struggles we go through that make us strong. That's when we learn and grow and as long as we are breathing lets hope we are still learning new things about ourselves and life.
Craig you have so much going for you and I am positive that you will grow up to be emotionally and socially sound as long as that is your quest, that is your journey, you too will find your own unique way. Happy trails!
bc of the 50 and gettin a life class