My intention as I began to consider writing my life story was to inspire others who, like me, were not raised with any belief in a deity or religion yet had a faint sense of a power beyond our humanity. I hope to encourage others to persevere and never give up no matter what circumstances you face. If we seek, we shall find. If we ask, we shall be given. If we knock, the door will be opened. I had to travel a long way to learn this for myself. God doesn’t promise us an easy ride, for we learn through suffering and find our strength and courage increases. My world as I grew up was not privileged, it was very ordinary, and yet I had many extraordinary adventures and experiences. Read my story for yourself, and maybe you will recognize something of yourself within the pages.