I moved to Thailand when I was 15, I wanted to train muai Thai on a professional level. I lived near a Buddhist temple and became very good friends with the munks who lived there. As I learned more about Buddhism I realized it started to affect my very being, my thoughts and way of life. I studied Buddhism as a way of life ever since and never thought of it as a religion but as a life philosophy, a guide to better myself and become a more compassionate human being. I wanted to share as I consider myself a non believer in any gods and really dislikes religions. But if anything you meet on your journey makes you a better person whatever it might be, go for it. You don't have to pick sides or labels.