Congratulations on your one-year anniversary of being disfellowshipped from the JW religion.
I feel sad for those who go back and get reinstated because they miss family and/or are financially dependent. They have to play the religion's game. How depressing!
What you said about being free from the fake friendships there is certainly true. I'm a long-time "fader" and that's the best thing about being out.
I never realized how stressful it was to be around these people until I was away from it all.