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It's not uncommon to have thoughts or feelings that may be difficult to understand or express. However, it's important to know that feeling like you were meant to be an animal is not a common or typical experience for humans.
It may be helpful to explore these feelings further with the support of a therapist or counselor. They can provide a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings, and can help you gain greater insight and understanding into what may be driving these feelings.
It's also important to practice self-acceptance and self-compassion, and to recognize that it's okay to have thoughts or feelings that may be unusual or outside the norm. Remember that you are unique and valuable, and that you deserve to be treated with kindness, respect, and understanding.12
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Well, surprise, you are. We all are. Humans are animals, like any other. We're primates, part of the great ape family. Others include chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas, to name a few.11
You are an animal.
Humans are primates.
What is it that other species do that you are not doing but want to do?2
So what do you feel like you were meant to be?6
I think it's normal to feel out of place, especially at certain times in our lives. When I was 14, I spent a lot of time in the woods, and would often imagine I was a deer. It helped me feel like a belonged there. I think it's important to remember that humans are, in fact, animals. We came from the same place as many other creatures. Modern life distances us from our roots, but we are still flesh, blood, and bone. We still need to eat, drink, sleep and breathe. Humans are just another sort of animal. I would recommend you spend more time in nature if that makes you happy or feel more in tune with yourself and the world. If you're able to of course; if you're too young to drive, ask your parents to take you camping sometime and see what you think about that part of the world. Also, if you're interested in animals, there's a youtube channel called CasualGeographic that's pretty funny or informative about a variety of wildlife, so you might like it.
thank you so much! i’m 17 so i thought i was too old to still feel like this , but i’ll definitely try to get out there more even though it’s hard. I am an outside person and i feel at home around animals and only animals. that makes a whole lot of sense. Thank you for this!!
I'm glad I could help. 17 is not too old at all for those kinds of feelings. I sympathize with only feeling at home with animals- people are difficult, and cats are better company. Good luck with everything.