An Editorial from One of Papabear's Faithful Readers
The furry community means a lot to me. It always has growing up, even when I didn't know what it was called or who I was. The furry community has helped me more than once, and in more than one way. It means a lot to me, and I don't know what I would do without it. Without it, I think, I would go back to that endless loop of being "Oh yeah, I'm legit 100% alien attention whore with no life pretending to be something I'm not." To my new, real me. Expressive, and who I [am] really deep down.
Not only have I found myself, but so has my mate, and I've made many friends, more than I would in school or in other places. People who are more understanding, and accepting, who try to listen to you and you can listen to them.
Yes, there is a bad side to the community where people earn us the bad looks and thoughts, but if you look past all of those sick popufurs, there's people in here, like Papa Bear, who care and stop to help not only you, but others in need of help, no matter what.
Regardless of how many people who come and try to argue, push you down, you have other fellow furries who will help you back up, will drop everything to try to help. And you would do the same for them. Not only me, but other people I know try to help the newcomers, the ones who need help figuring what it's really like to be a furry and who to be friends with when it comes to the big overview.
The importance of it all, if you don't have to be in the closet, you don't have to hide who you are. All simply you have to do is be yourself. And you have people who are here and will support you. And will as long as you do to them. People are kind here, where people give out free art, and show people new things, help them in this long and winding road of life.
We do not choose who we are, but we choose to show it or not. And here, in the Furry Community, you can do that and not be judged. And when you are here, you can brush those unaccepting people away, because you know you have people here that stand side to side with you.
You learn new things every day, and you can come and help cheer people up when they're down in the dumps. Just being nice gives them a smile, where they can express how they feel, blow off the steam when they need the feel to rant, and people will take their time to stop, and out themselves in your shoes, and smell the flowers. They listen when you try to explain, and everyone works as a family.
We are all one big family.
One Big happy family.
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