Did you view the 'truth' as spiritually shackling you from what you really wanted to do? What kind of freedom have you now got, that you didn't have before? What do you do with your freedom? Are you truly happy?
Lies as well as Truth can shackle s person. One does harm, the other saves. You have always had the freedom to do what you wanted to do. We all did, but we let the fear of man dictate to us what was and was not acceptable.
Before I was a Witness, I partied, I drank, I got high, you name it, I probably did it. I met up with an old gangbanger friend of mine and he was a Witness. Most of the people I grew up with are either dead or in jail. Giving up the holidays wasn't a problem for me.
You asked about happiness, I don't think anyone is truly happy, content yes, happy? ah!
I'm married, have two beautiful children. It's not perfect, but we make it work.
As to my spirituality? I still believe in God, I don't believe in organized religion. When I left the Witnesses, I was involved in various Bible Student offshoots, served as an deacon, later an elder, sat on various committees, wrote articles for various journals, traveled and gave talks in Church and conventions. Lovely people, most of them, a few bad apples, but that is to be expected in any group you associate with.
Last year, I stepped down as elder and walked away. As I said, lovely people, I still believe, I just got tired of the politics.
I read my Bible daily, I still do personal study, I run several websites, forums and blogs, I keep myself busy.
I do what I want, when I want to, as long as I know I'm not breaking any commandments, I'm okay.
Life is what you make it out to be.
You can either choose to serve God, or not. You can affiliate yourself with a church or Bible study group or not. Just don't give yourself an ulcer over it.
I've been out of the Society for over 20 years, and it's still much, a very part of me. I had some good years there, and I had some bad ones too. That's life.
My wife and I walked away, and never looked back.