How has your life improved since leaving the cult?
No need to save anyone from anything
Free to make my own life decisions
Went to collage
Voted, joined and contribute to things and institutions I believe in
Got rid of the sickest people I've ever had in my life, many of which were forced on me to like
Have true spirituality, based on what works for me
I'm free of the "responsibility" of saving people from anything. I can state what I believe, and state my opinion without the need from others to like or approve it
I know the difference between opinions and interpretations of things, and facts
I learned the difference between feelings and truth; feelings are not reality, nor are they facts
Formed a wonderful family
Have/had several careers
Left young enough to be able to have a little something for retirement
Minimized the negative influence of that organization
Have the best and most loyal friends
I've traveled the world to places I want to visit, not places I want to convert people and "spread the good news"
Have proven time and time again that I am a much better person and have better morals than many of the morally bankrupted, horrible JWs I met and grew up with
I have a great support system, people I can truly count on without any condition and based on mutual acceptance and respect
I can make any financial, career, family and medical decision on my own and based on sound, informed decisions, not for some reward in a next life that may or may not happen
Doing the things that I love and believe in, I have been able to be a role model, inspire others, provide true help and support to others, and get the reward of a heart felt thank you to me (because I deserve the credit, not some Jehovah)
Been able to maintain my life, my stances, my believes, and the path that I chose, regardless of whether things get bad or not. I'm no stranger to hardship and bad times, but I've overcome every obstacle leaving the Jehovah crap aside. I've never doubted my decision to leave no matter how bad things have gotten in my life.
The most important thing, however, is that I was able to receive the mental health support that I needed instead of relying on magic Jehovah or any of that nonsense.
Are you happy?
Have you made some amazing friends or maybe met an amazing partner in the world?
Yes, absolutely. However, even if I didn't, the Jehovah crap is never going to contribute anything good in my life. Never had, never will. I rather die alone and homeless than going back the the Jehovah crap.
The world can be scary, but I don't need to escape from it to make it in it.