TL;DR: Being a furry has done more bad than good for me and i'm leaving the furry community because of it.
It's been a kind of a while since I've done a news post, but this is kind of important, so I got a reason to make one.
Anyways, I've been doing some thinking recently, but I've decided that i'm no longer going to be part of the furry community anymore. Yeah, I'm a furry, or at least I was one. So you might be wondering why I'm making this kind of decision? Well, it's kind of a long story, but i'll try and make it short and sweet.
I don't wanna get too personal, but I lived in an abusive household for much of my life, and when I was in my early teens, using the internet was basically a form of escapism from my crappy life, and I was became part of the furry community around that time, thinking it would help feel better about myself. So basically, I've been a furry since I was 13 or 14. I'm 22 right now, so it's been a long while.
But my time in the furry community was anything but amazing, and I contribute that to just how awful the community is (It's basically become the norm at this point). And considering how young and naive I was when I joined the community, I feel like overtime I was slowly engulfed by all the toxicity it's known for, and became a worse person out of it. I ended up doing a lot of awful shit online, much of which was involved in the furry community. I’m not gonna go over everything that happened during my time there, since a lot of it is pretty personal (and i'm not very proud of sharing it), but let’s just say I ended up scaring away or pissing off a lot people, friends of mine have leaving me, and have even created a bad reputation of myself among people online. My time there has brought more joy than misery to me, and it's been slowly ruining my life online.
And Honestly, I also blame myself for this, because I should’ve done something about it years ago but I never did. I guess because of my crappy life, I thought I was given a free pass to act like the worst person possible, and the furry community happened to be the perfect hotspot for that. And I know my problems are no excuse for my actions, since it has bitten me in the ass many times.
So now that i’m more older and wiser, I believe the best choice is to leave the furry community once and for all. However, i’m not going to stop drawing anthro art, because believe or not, you don’t have have to be a furry to anthro art (I know, shocking, huh?), but I wanna try and draw more non-anthro art. Plus, drawing anthro art has always been more of simple interest of mine than something to cater to furries. Also, I won’t stop talking to whatever friends I have (mainly online) who are furries, but I want to make more non-furry friends, as well. I just don’t really wanna be involved in the community anymore. It can corrupt the most vulnerable people, and I just happened to be one of them, unfortunately.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I may always be a cynical asshole forever, since that's my nature, but at the very least not being such a super toxic furry will do some good for me in life, hopefully.
So, I guess that's all I have to say for now. I hope ya'll can understand, especially since I tried making this post this as clear as possible, without giving away too much info that may be too much to share here. And pardon me if I sounded harsh, but I needed to get this outta my system. I also feel sorry for the more sane furries that have to deal with the mess of the community they're in, and I wish the best for them.
All in all, that is all. I'm outta here.