I totally agree with everything you said. We should live in and cherish each moment.
The Jehovah's Witness view of life is unhealthy and their view of looking to live a "real life" in some future never-never land is somewhat like Christendom's view of a hereafter...But, at least people in Christendom enjoy the present. I was raised Roman Catholic and they certainly had a better view of life than the Witnesses.
Witnesses squander their present life and let it run through their hands like sand in an hourglass. They sit in the Kingdom Hall fantasizing while the clock on the wall ticks away. Many wake up one day and are old. Everybody gets old but why not live in the present like you were created to instead of ignoring it and hoping for something supposedly better that is not even guaranteed?...This is so stupid and senseless.
If we were put here to live on this earth we were put here to live in the here and now. Otherwise, somebody might just as well be in a deep sleep.
I also believe that religions are something that are exploited by the few to take advantage of the many. What's at the bottom of it all are men who want an easy life and not have to work for a living, in my opinion. My experience with the Witnesses has cured me of any desire to belong to a religion. I will be a spiritual person on my own.