I guess I could say I've always been a witch, I just didn't know that my feelings had a name or "title" until I was 19. I'm 40 now, and I tend to refer to myself as Pagan rather than a witch (even though I am), so as not to be confused with being Wiccan, which I'm not. Life is not one sided, there needs to be balance, and there's not enough balance in Wicca for me. I refuse to believe that the Gods and Goddesses are going to punish me for wanting to serve justice on those who do bad things to good people.
To me, Wiccans are too political, and that's fine for them, it's not for me. I'm openly "out of the broom closet" but I'm not preachy (I do try to explain my perspective though, just so that others may understand who I am), and I would never enforce my beliefs on anyone! Some of my best friends are Christians, and they know I'm Pagan, and we love each other for who we are!
I'm more of a spiritual Pagan, rather than ritualistic. I've never been one to get the hang of rituals and spells, I'm just not good at them. And I'm solitary, it's a matter of the soul for me, not a competition of who can be "witchier than thou". That sounded judgmental, sorry. I didn't mean for it to be. I hope no one takes offense by that, it's not my intent to be rude. Allow me to explain... my family is Jewish, and I grew up seeing the very same behaviors in their synangogue, as well as every other religious establishment I've ever entered, and it's always disturbed me. So it's just the matter of me seeking my own path, rather than following someone else's. I hope I'm making sense.
I look forward to making friends in this group, and learning from you all. Merry meet.