I don't know if it's similar to anyone else's personal story, or if it's the same as everyone else's. Frankly, whenever I've met other Pagans I've never thought to ask "What brought you to Paganism?" It just seems a bit more personal than what I usually think to ask someone in a social setting. I do know that it has to differ on some level from most I've met, just because most Wiccans I've met were raised in very Christian environments and (for lack of a better term) "rebelled" against that upbringing. It doesn't make their spiritual awakening any less valid, but it does mean that the path that led them there has to be different.
I don't know.
I've also posted a short FAQ on Wicca to the website as well, as a way to fill in the gaps for people who (otherwise) would have no idea about what I'm talking about. It's funny, the last time I tried to write a FAQ on Wicca and Paganism was on this site's original Wicca section. I sat down and read those answers, and my first response was "This sounds like a whiny teenager" when I read them. I also then realized that I was, in fact, seventeen when I had first written them.
I think I laughed for quite a bit about that one.
It took me most of the day to figure out what I was going to say in today's essay. Mostly because I was forcing myself to construct a voyage throughout my life that led me to a single conclusion. While I was writing it, suddenly I'd remember something else, and the puzzle would start to fall into place even more. I expected to come up with 500 words, and ended up with just about twice that.
I'm sure that I forgot some parts, and that I may have to go back and make corrections. But I wanted to make sure that I posted this as soon as I could. If there's anything anyone else wants to see, or if anyone has any questions -- I'd be happy to listen. I doubt I'll hear anything though. This is the sort of post I make where it'll get read by people, but no one will comment.
This whole "Rebuilding the Wicca Section" may end up being an exercise in vanity, but it's one that I feel like I need to do.