I have always been a furry someway or another, it is just that I didn't really realize it until now. The first anthro animal I remember seeing was Sonic the Hedgehog, and that was when I was around 4 or 5 years old. In fact, I am pretty sure Sonic the Hedgehog was my very first video game I have ever owned/played, period. So I basically "grew up" with Sonic, watched the cartoons on TV, played the games, even got a comic or two. I also watched a lot of cartoons, and during the 90's there were a lot of great ones that had anthro animals in it, like Talespin, Darkwing Duck, SWAT Cats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc. Movies that starred anthro or talking animals always appealed more to me than movies with plain old people, movies like The Lion King, Disney's Robin Hood, Lady and the Tramp, All Dogs go to Heaven, etc. Another thing is that I was a big fan of the old Animorphs series of novels. That introduced me to the concept of transformation, and given that the characters could still "talk" in animal form, they were anthro in a way, even if they morphed into feral animals. Also Animorphs introduced me to taurs, with an alien-like taur race known as the Andalites. After I met my best friend, I figured out he was into anthro animals like I was. He would always doodle them in his notebook in high school. I loved the artwork, but had no idea how big the fandom was until I decided to research it out of curiosity back in late January. I had heard of some of the stigmas associated with furries, but I knew those were blown out of proportion and wanted to figure out what it was all about. That led to me watching con videos, fursuiting videos, dance competitions, and discovering Fur Affinity.net. I knew that I felt at home in this community. So yeah I officially wanted to become a furry to be able to express myself and my creativity, meet new friends, and really discover more about myself in general. Realizing that I had technically always been a furry, it made me feel really special and good inside to know that there were other people who shared the same interests as me.