No matter how much we may try to stay connected to our family and friends, at some point in life if we want to attain any level of happiness, we need to be willing to let go. There is a whole world of opportunities to meet new people and find a new clientele of friends. People that will accept us unconditionally and appreciate our friendship.
It may not be easy at first because it is difficult to make new friends especially when you get older. However, the world is a much different place for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses than it was back in the 1970’s when individuals didn’t have any resources.
You can always find different interest groups on Meetup.com. Try looking for a local Toastmaster’s International chapter in your area. And you can even go take a few courses at your local community college.