I was proud to be a Jehovah's Witness. I knew I had the truth and that I would be saved. But a small part of me had nagging doubts. I observed that even though my faith was strong, I always felt condemned. I always felt I wasn't doing enough for Jehovah. Why? Because after high school many of my friends became pioneers (or full time ministers). I had a full time job. Plus I worked part time in the evenings, and on weekends.
I never missed meetings. I prepared, gave talks, served at my Kingdom Hall, and went out in field service at least ten hours every month. I even quit a very good paying job with great benefits so I wouldn't need to miss any Watchtower meetings.
In spite of personal sacrifices to please Jehovah, I wondered if I was good enough or if he would destroy me along with the wicked ones in 1975 because I was not willing to devote my life full time to preaching the good news. Also I wasn't perfect. I made mistakes. I wondered if Jehovah would forgive me or not.
In the back of my mind I wondered if I would be spared. I was doing a lot for Jehovah, but maybe it was not good enough. After all I knew many 'worldly' people who were very kind and loving. Some were better examples of love than I was. In spite of their love, the Watchtower told me that 'worldly' people were wicked and would be destroyed by Jehovah at armageddon because they were not Jehovah's Witnesses. 
I wondered what my chances for survival were. I knew God is love and many worldly people were more kind and love than I was. How could a God of love slaughter billions of kind hearted, loving, and peaceful people just because they had different customs and traditions than we did? Something was not right.
I had many doubts. If the Watchtower was correct about God's judgement upon peaceful good hearted people outside the organization, how would he judge people inside the organization? How would God judge me? Even though I was a Jehovah's Witness, perhaps my love or my conduct didn't measure up to his high standards. Or perhaps I was not doing enough work within the 'His' organization. I always felt that Jehovah demanded more out of me than I could possibly give.
Even though Jehovah's Witnesses today reject the idea that the Watchtower ever made any predictions for the end of the world, all Jehovah's Witnesses were bracing themselves for armageddon in 1975. All Jehovah's Witnesses were making preparations for the end of the world and God's day of judgment against the wicked. Here is a List of Watchtower Predictions that were taken word for word directly from the Watchtower Society's literature. How many predictions came true?
Prior to 1976 JW's trusted the wise and timely warnings  of the 'faithful and discreet slave'. We knew we had the truth because we believed the Watchtower is God's organization and led by God's spirit.
From 1968 to 1975, Jehovah's Witnesses were going door to door with the 'GOOD NEWS' i.e. YOU'RE GOING to DIE at Armageddon if you don't get baptized as a JW before 1975. The DIE word wasn't spoken in the first sentence of a conversation but we quickly got to the point. The time before 1975 was short and we had a lot of work to do all over the world before the fall of 1975. Our mission was to save as many wicked 'worldly' people as we could and convince them to be Jehovah's Witnesses before it was too late.
In 1976 there was complete silence in my local congregation. It was business as usual. 1975 was quickly forgotten and swept under the carpet because the truth was embarrassing. How could we now go back to those same people and deny we made any predictions for their impending 'doom'? How could we say God's organization was wrong? Sadly, most Jehovah's Witnesses didn't have a problem staying in the organization to continue their 'life saving' work. However thousands of us did finally see 'the light'. We could not in good conscience continue to support the Watchtower like we did before.
In 1976, it became obvious that Jehovah was not leading the Watchtower Society. All the preaching work we did wasn't for Jehovah. God didn't tell us to go door to door warning people about 1975. It was for the Watchtower publishing company that made the story up and told us it was 'the truth' because they are 'God's organization'. Either God lied or the Watchtower lied and I don't think it was God.
After 1975, most Jehovah's Witnesses chose to stay and deny the truth. We were organized to do the Watchtower's will, not Jehovah's will. In the years prior to 1975 the Watchtower Society experienced exponential growth and financial prosperity at the expense of trusting Jehovah's Witnesses like myself and my dear friends who believed this false prophet
After leaving the Watchtower, I searched for the 'true' religion but couldn't find one. All religions are imperfect because they are man made. I soon discovered that the path to eternal life is not an organization or a religion.
Notice how Simon Peter answered Jesus in John 6:67-69, '"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
This scripture does not make reference to any church. Belonging to a religion or organization does not save Christians.  Simon Peter was speaking to Jesus when he said, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'
According to Jesus, the narrow path is love for ALL your neighbors regardless of what they believe. The broad and spacious path is belonging to a religion and loving only the people within your little group. If you love only those who love you, what makes you better or different than everyone else on the broad and spacious path? 
So where did I go when I left the Watchtower? I went to the narrow path, which is love for all people regardless of their religion. According to Jesus, nothing more is required. That's why his 'yoke is light'. The Bible says 'Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; ...' 2 John 1: 9 - 11 NIV
Upon leaving the Watchtower, my feelings of guilt and condemnation vanished. I was free for the first time in my life, I didn't need to answer to imperfect Elders and leaders of the Watchtower anymore. I was no longer a Watchtower slave. I felt God's intense love for me as an individual.
After working so hard for the Watchtower for many years, the words of Jesus finally made sense for the first time in my life. He said, '"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
Today over 30 years later, I am blessed. My trust is in God, the source of all life, - not any religion.
Today I'm not a Christian, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist, or a Muslim. Why? Because our Creator is not a Christian, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist, or a Muslim. He is ALL of those things! It's a mistake to put God in a box and require Him to believe all the things WE believe in. Perhaps that's why Jesus told us NOT to judge and to love everyone, - even 'enemies'.
So for me, it's still the same as it was when I first left the Watchtower. I am free. It's just me and God. I still go to various churches once in a while when I feel led to do so, but I do not 'belong' to any of them. When we don't put a religious 'label' upon ourselves, it is easier to see God in all people and not to judge. We can love them all just like God loves all the people He made in His image.
May God bless you with unlimited love and happiness, now and forever.
Founder of thejehovahswitnesses.org
1. The Watchtower says, "Only Jehovah's Witnesses, those of the anointed remnant and the "great crowd," as a united organization under the protection of the Supreme Organizer, have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil." Watchtower Sept 1, 1989 page 19.
2. Beginning in 1966, all Jehovah's Witnesses were convinced that armageddon would come in 1975. Why? Because we trusted the slave. Even in 2009 - 34 years after 1975, the Watchtower says, 'The slave is able to provide wise and timely warnings because Jehovah God and Jesus Christ are blessing it. The slave deserves our complete trust.' (Watchtower Feb. 15, 2009 Page 27) See the Faithful and Discreet Slave
3. Christian freedom. See the Law of Christ. Most Christians go to church or at least 'belong' to one, but they're not dependent upon any belief system or religion for everlasting life. They can freely and openly disagree with doctrines, attend other churches, interpret the Bible any way they want, start their own church like Charles Taze Russell did, and worship God according to their conscience. Christians are not required to obey their religious leaders. Christians are not faithful to any 'slave'. They do not trust in any man made organization. They read God's word and answer directly to him. John 6:67-69. Also see What Does The Bible Say About The Faithful and Discreet Slave?
4. Adding rules and regulations to the teachings of Jesus, would be running ahead of Jesus. See 141 Things Jehovah's Witnesses Can't Do
5. Read Watchtower quotes advising readers to hate apostates and enemies. See Apostate Jehovah's Witnesses. This opposes the teachings of Jesus. He taught us to love our enemies. Matt 5: 44 - 47
6. Why do Jehovah's Witnesses believe they have 'the truth'? Why is everyone else referred to as being 'out of the truth'? Critics say the unique words Jehovah's Witnesses use serves to keep them in a hypnotic state. See Mind Control
7. If you've given your power away, learn how to take back your power