My name is Dani and I am a fairly new atheist (close to a year).
First I'd like to say that I have never been more comfortable in my own skin as I have been since I've denounced god. But being that I live in Alabama, I still feel like a Martian :) A happy Martian!
I was raised in a nondenominational christian family (very liberal). I really doubted the stories in the bible early on but mostly kept those doubts to myself. In high school although I was emerged in church activities and fellowship I began to vocalize my concerns. I was told to pray and for those questions that stirred them too much I was told not to question.
I've always been a person who lives to help others and quickly realized that my tool, religion, was divisive and unjust therefore inefficient for reaching out to people on a simply humane level.
Since then I've gone from Deism to Agnosticism now I've nestled comfortably into Atheism!
Other than than I'd like to add that my toughest challenge so far has been to come out to my family.
The most ironic time I've faced is working in a church nursery (as an atheist)!
I'm currently challenging myself to be more open about atheism to hopefully dispels some of the stereotypes and to give a nonthreatening image...also hoping that this practice will lead me to opening up to my family.
Thanks for reading