I'm Pagan in the short and simple terms of things.
I was raised Christian (though not strictly), and veered like most teenagers about the age of 13-14 when I was a bit confused about the teachings and how they didn't jive with my multicultural friendships. Wicca led me along my way, but I'm not exactly aligned with Wiccan teachings either. I'm more skeptical of things and more science-based than Wicca generally allows for.
I find rituals soothing, and the physical items and aspects of prayer peaceful and focusing. I don't believe in spell books per say, or casting spells in the movie sense, or anything like that, though they were great to start out with. I think as a human being I'd prefer to have some explanations be supernatural, and to feel auras and connectivity to people and things. I think there is a real reason humans, even super intelligent smart ones that know science and stuff, still fall back on religion. Some people don't need it, and never have, and that's cool too. I think it takes all types and varieties and that religion was originally a survival skill and then a way to thrive, however backwards and insane people make it at times. Something that influential shapes thoughts and actions and ideas, and I don't denounce that sort of power in development and guidance of people so easily. I don't think one religion is a right one.. and I find the general basis of most religions are the same: treat others well, take care of yourself, sacrifice for the sake of the greater good, help others even if you don't think you have much to offer, don't take your own life, and accept others as they are and don't judge them so easily. Those things can be found nearly in any religion.. and they all have their flaws, but those principles are there for the taking. Some need religion to make them happen.. some do not.