A few points I wanted to hit but I’m too lazy and fuzzy in the brain this morning to mess with the quotes.
Anyone who’s seen me in the chat box long enough knows I don’t do furry puns. I understand the cringe-factor in the term fursona. I cringe everytime I see puns such as ‘furr-riends’ or ‘yiff-tastic’ or whatever being used seriously, or even being used non-sarcastically. Fursona’s one of the only ones I don’t cringe at anymore. I don’t know why, but the word just sits well with me. Apologies for any cringe-factors out there.
As for my own, my first was Rumpleteazer (creative name, right?), a white feline I based on a picture I liked online. She was a character that allowed me to partake in various different role plays, and the face that I initially met Spirit through. That alone makes her worth bringing up even though she’s been long-since retired.
There are three personas that are most worth mentioning after her, each with a completely different reason for me to have had.
Back when I was still relatively new to the fandom, I was still struggling with being an introvert. I was huge into role playing though, and had tried a few characters before settling on a black feline with wings named Leah. The wings were a big thing for me, because I was struggling with depression and a crap-tastic home life, and she was my escape. She was loud, outgoing, witty, confident, sexy- essentially all the things a shy teenager with dwarfism could dream of being but feel is unattainable. There were times when I referred to her as ‘me without the bounds of the visual’. I held onto her for many years as a goal to work towards. Eventually, parts of the persona became a part of me, and integrated into my interactions in the real world. Oh, I’m still far from witty or sexy, but I’m definitely a lot more outgoing and extroverted. I’m still finding a balance, but I don’t think I’d have near as much self confidence if I hadn’t used Leah as a means to draw it out of myself. So while such things can be unhealthy coping mechanisms, they can also be incredibly useful tools when handled properly.
Nitetigrezz (the black feline thing on my twitter banner) was mainly just a mask for me to wear to navigate the fandom. I held the name for a long time because it was never taken when I’d go to a new site. During that time I had really lost my own self identity, so it took a few years before I bothered creating a face for the name. I’ve used her for so long that a number of folks on FA made a huge fuss when I talked about auctioning off all her pictures and being done with her. Although she was just a mask to me, everyone perceived her as being me. Spirit suggested that I shouldn’t see her as a bearer of bad memories, but as something that held me together when I was still collecting the pieces of myself. So now she’s my poster girl, and even has a place in the worlds Spirit and I have created.
Laura, aka Munchkin, was the first time I really embraced everything I am. For so long I was ashamed of my dwarfism, though I longed to have a persona that was honestly me. Spirit was the one who first recommended the munchkin cat. I tried to deny it at first, but after a lot of thought I realized he couldn’t be more right. She’s gone through some changes since I originally came up with her, but every change has been to make her that much more, well, me. She has no separate story, no separate personality (except that I feel more comfortable acting goofy through her :P), she just is me. Funny enough, she even shares my name and nickname X3
So yeah, that’s been my transformation through the fandom. First a character, then a goal, then a mask, and now me, as I am.