I don't expect to need to include a disclaimer about the way I type given the way that introductions seem to be handled on this forum [exemplary, if you're wondering what I mean]. Nonetheless, I'll copy and paste what I've written on another forum about it. It never hurts to make myself as specific as possible. I don't use smilies very often because I don't like them, but that doesn't mean that everything I say is serious. It's usually the opposite. I can come across as argumentative and belittling, but as long as you don't put emotion or tone into what I've said, that won't happen.
Onto me: My handle is Jareth. I'm female sexed, but as far as gender goes I'm relatively fluid. I honestly don't mind whether you refer to me as a he or a she, because we're all humans and I'm pretty damn uncaring about the whole gender thing. I'm a young thing in terms of the span of an average life, but I don't like disclosing my exact age. It makes me feel gawky. I come from Australia and I like hippos.
I'm fae. To be more specific, I'm a human with fae in my identity. Due to my religious beliefs [pentecostal Christian], I don't believe that a human can receive a non-human soul, nor that a human can be reincarnated at all, let alone from another non-human being. I do respect those beliefs, though, as I know that what seems to be the vast majority of the Otherkin community/subculture has them. My religion makes me quite narrow-minded; I accept that, acknowledge that, and don't seek to broaden my mind spiritually. I've gotten slightly off-track in my endeavour to explain exactly what I believe my fae identity means, though - basically, due to what I don't believe, the most logical conclusion is that it's purely psychological. It may even be a little bit deliberate, but what does that matter? As long as I'm willing to admit that my identification as fae may be deliberate and willing on a subconscious level, rather than something that I can't control, no validity is lost [and I'm big on validity].
My fairy self, for lack of a better term, is somewhat froglike. It's slightly similar to my current avatar, which is why I've chosen to use it [and why I used it briefly on another Otherkin forum]. After assessing myself for roughly ten years [the cute term being 'soul-searching'], I've come to the conclusion that I'm fae based on fairy lore, folklore stories, fae creatures resembling what I've termed my fae side, and such. It all seems to resemble me to an uncanny degree. Beyond all else, of course, fae is something that I don't need to grasp for. Earlier, when I would try to slot myself into a certain 'kintype, I would find myself grasping for reasons why it fit, and trying to come up with reasons, rather than letting things flow and seeing how I felt after a while of research and several months spent sleeping on it. How can I explain why I identify as fae, though? I feel like I should explain it to clear up any confusion, but I can't think of how to explain it adequately. Oh, I suppose I should also mention that I frequently cameo shift into a variety of creatures and I see this as an aspect of my fae side's shapeshifting ability. Why do I see it as that, and not just a tendency to cameo shift all of the time for no real reason? That's a very good question, and I don't have an answer.
That's about it. I look forward to snooping.
You are not special.