I'm a rather unusual atheist (at least on this platform), since I not only do not hate religions - I'm positively fascinated by them: On the one hand religions seem to be absurd, but on the other hand they are an integral feature of human nature, like music or language. And like almost all features of human life and culture, they have their bright and their dark aspects. I refuse to put on blinkers to see only one side.
I grew up in a religious household, but did not care much about it until age 22 or 23, when I had a kind of personal revelation and was on the verge on becoming a monk. But for some reasons I failed. Then my faith became more and more intellectual and abstract, until it evaporated like a puddle under the sun of skepticism. Within a few years I morphed from being a theist to spiritual to agnostic to atheist.
Then I studied philosophy (which I no longer like; now I prefer science) and languages (French and Spanish).