Think Atheist has made me a true atheist I am truely Free!

Well, I did it. I really did it! I told my parents that I am atheist. As some of you have known that I was deathly afraid of coming out to my parents about atheism. When I joined the site I was was acting like a child and being generally dumb but this was because I was lying to myself. This site threw me over the edge. But the problem in my head is that I can not be a atheist until I tell my family because I do not like to lie to people. Ever.

So I kept on reading tid bits on the site about other peoples experiences and found it very rewarding that other people had the same problems as I. I am more of a casual browser on the site but I hope I can be a bit more pro active on the site. Because that is the least I can do in return!

This single tip hit home with me: If you feel that others are forcing their beliefs on you, stand up for what you believe in! Find other, like minded people and be proactive! Various people who I have chatted with you know WHO you are!

So that is exactly what I did! I had dinner yesterday with my parents and I straight out told them. I am atheist. The reaction I got was better then expected. My father said simply, "REALLY?" and my mum kinda already knew this day was going to come. The bottom line is that and the end of the dinner they both said they will always love me and will always respect my decisions and both agreed that I am becoming a truly independent woman. As in THINKING with my head for once! So it was good to hear that from them. I told them all the talking points etc and I am still going to do family traditions etc with them. I kept simply going back to the point, "there is no god, and I am okay with that."

The feeling I got getting over that hurdle was like having a orgasm x 20!

Well that is all I really want to write for now. I just want to thank everyone on think atheist and thank you Morgan for making such a beautiful site.

:) How did your family experiences go? I would love to hear them!

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Comment by Flip on January 16, 2009 at 12:22am
LOVE IT.. Good for you!!!!
"both agreed that I am becoming a truly independent woman"
That is such a great thing for them to say!
Good for you and good for your family!
Comment by Tim Hager on January 16, 2009 at 12:23am
I'm lucky enough to say I never had that problem. My mom was always open to the thought of her kids being any religion they want. But I do know people who had to have their other atheist friends go with them to "come out" to their parents. In short, Good for you, and welcome.
Comment by Luna Agimat on January 16, 2009 at 12:37am
hey, lucky to have a family like that.. unlike mine.. they keep on saying that i'm an anti-christ just bec. i don't believe in their god... it's annoying. well, congratulations. = )
Comment by Fargone on January 16, 2009 at 9:30am
I a little curious to your initial trepidation? Your parents sound like open, supportive people so why so many reservations about your coming out party?

In any case, welcome aboard the Ship of Fools. The joy lies in the journey and not the destination.
Comment by Frink on January 16, 2009 at 10:34am
*clap*clap*clap* Best news I've heard all day! Congrats!!!
Comment by River Otter on January 16, 2009 at 12:35pm
Congratulations!! You have really good parents. Their reaction says a lot about them.
Comment by Aurie Elizabeth on January 16, 2009 at 1:34pm
Congrats! I'm happy for you! :)
Comment by Kirstin on January 16, 2009 at 3:39pm
The feeling I got getting over that hurdle was like having a orgasm x 20! ... wants that experience...
Comment by CJoe on January 16, 2009 at 10:39pm
Hopefully I'll be able to do the same soon. It's really scary because my grandfather is a preacher and my family is very religious. Thanks for the encouragement... congrats to YOU for sure!!!
Comment by Frink on January 27, 2009 at 10:44am
Heh, your status is still listed as "Christian" though.


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