I was raised in an extremely religious Roman Catholic family. It was an expectation to attend church every Sunday morning and go to religion-based family get-togethers almost every weekend. I've definitely learned a lot by being raised Catholic, but over time I've learned that organized religion isn't for me. As "millennial" as it is to say, I embrace spirituality rather than being religious. Here are thirteen things that happen when you're not religious, but have a religious family.
1. Sunday's become the worst day of the week.
2. You've become a tolerant person over the years.
3. When you do go to church, it's a challenge to not fall asleep.
4. Going to church = daydreaming or constant thinking.
5. You face Christian guilt every now and then.
6. Explaining your beliefs to others is always confusing.
7. It feels awkward when your family says grace before meals.
8. It's even worse when your family asks YOU to say grace.
9. You've forgotten most prayers you used to say all the time growing up.
10. When you say you're not religious, some family members assume you're a heathen.
11. Your family always blames some outside source for why you're not religious.
Celebrities, friends, and the internet won't make me more or less religious.
12. Your parents get happy when you hangout with religious friends.
13. At times it can be tough to maintain relationships with those against your viewpoints, but you try your best because you love them.
Keep in mind that just because you're not religious, that doesn't make you a bad person.