I would think that most of life is about perspective. To me I would say the definition of being a furry lifestyler is about embracing that fursona on a consistent basis and not only when people aren't looking. We are in a society that seems to be slowly accepting oddities and embracing an artistic culture. Then again ridicule is abundant and quite overwhelming.
The way I ended up here is due to not feeling comfortable in my own skin, (que Step-by-Step theme song) thus my having augments to my human form it makes me feel more comfortable. Then again I find solace in wearing some of my clothing in public places as if it were a typical activity to me. Their reactions and lack of understanding push me further to see how sheltered of lives they live & gives me hope that they could find courage to do the same someday.
In closing, chose this path because it helps me mentally to overcome many obstacles I couldn't necessarily pass in my human skin.
"Dress for success!" they always said, I just thought they meant a business suit...