I suppose I was kind of born a furry. My family and friends were all animal lovers and throughout my childhood I have been surrounded by pets of all sorts. I was fascinated by animals at an early age, especially the concept of talking animals. I was very into things like tamagotchis, pokemon, digimon, etc. I would have crushes on cartoon animal characters like stan from hamtaro (ughhh) and felix the cat, just as examples. fast forward a little into the future, in later elementary school I discovered anime and I started drawing in an anime style. I became really obsessed with catgirls and would draw lots of characters with animal ears and tails. Later I discovered an anime called Wolf's Rain, which sparked my interest in wolves and in the concept of animals having a human form. I became very interested in wolves and would often dream or fantasize about being a wolf, I would often compare my behavior to that of a wolf and I would get really happy if anyone else did as well. My wolf obsession remained throughout middle school. I was also very interested in comparing people I knew to animals and wondering that if reincarnation was real, which animal were they in a past life? To sound even furrier, I would roleplay with my friend and we'd always roleplay as animals, pokemon or neopets. Meanwhile I continued drawing and writing about animals with human characteristics and vice-versa. Once I even put my arm into a fluffy scarf and thought "wow, wouldn't it be cool to make this into a full-body suit and look like a cat or something?". Yes, I seemed to be a furry without even realizing it.
Eventually I discovered the Furry fandom through an episode of CSI. At first it really freaked me out (as those of you who have seen it know, that CSI episode does not make furries look very appealing, also when I was little I had a fear of mascot outfits). My mom and I would joke around about how disgusting furries were, and I became a big furry-basher. One day, however, I was on a virtual pet website and noticed that there were a lot of people who had "fursonas". I thought that this was a really cool concept so I looked it up and found out that it was connected to the furry fandom. As far as I had known, furries were nothing but 'pervs into beastiality and sex in animal suits'. But then I realized that maybe there was more to it than that, and I was judging it unfairly. Giving it a second try, I decided to look up furries on google and I spent a good few hours reading through wikifur to see what the furry fandom was really all about. Then I discovered yiff. It completely freaked me out at first and for a while furries remained in my "avoid like the plague" category. But deep down inside, part of me was still interested. So I looked again at some furry websites and videos on youtube, looked at some furry art (including yiff), and read some furry webcomics (good cheese, better days, DMFA, blackblood alliance, etc). Suddenly my views were beginning to change, and my interest in furries sparked. I started drawing more anthro art and started brainstorming ideas for a fursona.
Finally I accepted my identity as a furry, and now here I am, posting my long boring story here on fur affinity. What a world!