This article appears in the latest edition of Time magazine. I wanted to share it here. It is a very accurate depiction of life as a JW. The brackets represent a couple changes I made due to an error in dating and grammar. The comment that resonated the most with me was: “My capacity for belief in magic and fantasy had dried up.” I had a very vivid imagination at one time, which I am struggling to regain as an adult. Being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses takes all the magic and illusion out of life. Losing one’s ability to become excited in anticipation of basically anything has wide-reaching effects. It affects passion, ambition, and a belief in one’s own potential. It’s like ripping out of a child the very thing that makes them a child. And once that thing is lost, it is lost forever.