Thank you for the thoughtful response, Abhinav. Congratulations on your improvements and developments. I applaud you for overcoming pornography and your own self-conscious fears — I’ve definitely been there (and am still there) too!
It is very unfortunate about your friends and the ostracism you’ve experienced. In these moments, we have to ask ourselves if we want to stay in the pack (even at the expense of our own dreams) or venture off to find success, even if we become ostracized by our old community.
I think we should always go on to become better, even at the risk of ostracism. Because we can always get new, true friends who will help us grow down the road.