I'VE BEEN A MASON FOR THREE YEARS
I joined Freemasonry when I was 30. I've been a Mason for three years. It improves social skills and confidence in more ways than any other social outlet I can think of.
I never thought I would enjoy public speaking, let alone volunteer for it!
It gives an appreciation of how well written some of the English language can be, to receive it in lodge and then receive such warm praise is an experience in life I will always be thankful for.
Learning the meaning of many of the archaic (old) words within the ritual can be quite gratifying, not only in respect to your lodge's appreciation of your memorization skills, but also in respect to a realization that when these words were in current usage about 100 years ago and before, how knowing their archaic meanings allow you to step back in time for a few moments and realize that other men have walked where you have walked, and understood their own need to join together with other men in a spiritual manner.
Thanks for sharing and helping others to better understand some of the hard-to-define, unspoken things that men enjoy within Freemasonry.