Being in many different amateur author communities, I have seen furry stories and rps for a long time now. I have never joined in or considered myself furry even though I relate to and have dreamed about being an animal hybrid for a very long time. I am a bit embarrassed by the animals that I related to even though they personify different aspects of myself that are embarrassing for a human, but perfectly fine for that particular animal.
The first one was inspired partially from a movie that I saw at a very young age, Pinocchio. Yes it is a donkey. I relate to a donkey because of their stubbornness, and they are considered clumsy animals. If a person does something wrong he is making an ass out of himself. By thinking of myself as a jackass(yes that is partially where my nick came from) I was able to release feelings of failure and disappointment. As a boy I couldn't allow myself to do anything wrong but as a donkey making mistakes was just part of my nature. My vision of myself has been a mixture of me at age 6 with Pinocchio in the belly of the whale. Later, while the age always stayed the same, the body changed to that of a donkey centaur with the long quarter drooped ears.
The second animal that I relate to is from my poor body image. I have always been pleasantly plump. No matter how many times I tried to diet I would never lose weight, only gain. I was constantly ridiculed as a teen because of my poundage. So in my head I turned a negative into a positive. Pigs live a great life. They eat as much as they want, relax anywhere and at any time. They roll around in the mud with no cares in the world.
I would search out any book, movie, or TV episode that would depict the transformation into these two animals. The Odyssey held a particular place in my heart. I kept this hidden for years even though being furry is much more widely accepted than being AB. But I've come to realize that this is just another part of me and I do not need to hide it here.
So I guess this is my furry coming out thread. I'm not sure if I'll ever make a costume but I already have several ideas for stories and would like to try RPing sometime. For some reason AB and my animal aspects have been separate but perhaps in the coming weeks those interests will combine. I am stepping into new territory here and it is very exciting.