I just became an athiest and finally feel free

I was raised in the south east part of the United States in a devoutly Christian home. I was homeschooled so I would not learn about sex education or evolution. These beliefs stuck with me for a long time, and even after I had dropped the mantle of being a Christian, it still influenced my personality and decision making. I was constantly under stress of death, hell, having an existential crisis, etc.

Tonight I finally let go of that belief. There is no hell. I am not an evil person for not going to church. I am free to be whoever I want and do whatever I want so long as it does not harm others. I can be a good person and not be religious. It does not matter if I believe in some invisible being, what matters is the way I treat others. In fact, I do not think that any religious person can say they are living their lives to the fullest.

This is all pretty obvious I know but after all those years of indoctrination it took quite some time to come to these realizations. I am literally overjoyed at all the possibilities my life could have from here on out. As far as anyone knows this is the only life we get, and I am going to make the most out of it.

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