How I did it: I've come to the conclusion that I do not need a book to tell me to be a good person. I learned to be a good person from my family.
Atheism seems to be a taboo word sometimes, but it isn't. Atheism isn't a religion, or a cult. It represents the lack of a religious affiliation.
So what do I think happens after I die?
When I get there, I'll let you know. Just kidding. Our bodies cease to function, our consciousness ends. Is that scary in some ways? Of course. I still find myself thinking silently, "Some day, I will die. I will cease to exist. There is no restart button, no extra lives." But in a way it's comforting to know a few things.
a.) The idea that my family members aren't watching me from "heaven" makes me feel a little less awkward/paranoid. I mean, come on- that's a little silly... to me at least.
b.) I value my sense of being and existence just a little more knowing that THIS IS ALL I GET. There is no afterlife, good or bad. No reincarnation. When I'm done, it's game over. All I have is NOW. Tomorrow isn't a given, so it's a good reminder to not get too comfortable in life.
Sometimes, I think of myself as an insect. Think about every insect you've intentionally smashed, stepped on, eaten, swiped, etc. Think about all the insects you've unintentionally killed. In the blink of an eye, or the blink of a compound eye in the case of a bug... it's over. Anyone's life can end that quickly at any time. Life is everywhere around us, big and small, and we're all doing our thing until known medicine and prevention fails to repair us. Read how I did it… 3 months ago