I am the only athiest in my family. My dad refuses to believe i am an athiest because for him to have an athiest child is to have failed as a father. I was born with severe rapid cycling bi-polar disorder. creating a center of logic in my mind that watches atd helps control my emotions is how i survive and deal with it.
i realised in my early teens that not only had i never believed in a god, part of it was realising that the rest of my family did, and it still makes no sense to me.
last night my dad was rushed to the hospital, he was having a heart attack.
while i have faced my own mortality i am now suddenly faced with the mortality of my father who has held our family together.
i am having such a hard time proccessing this and i dont know any other athiests i can talk to about it.
i honestly dont know what to say or do.
the good news is my dad is ok and coming home tomorrow.
that knowledge is having no effect on the way i am feeling.
i have lost family members before, but not close family.
how do people deal with this when they dont have a fairy tale that makes then feel better?
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