Reading the stories here has motivated me to go ahead and post mine. I’m not unlike a lot of the posters here. A loner most of my life, made fun of all throughout school. (I won’t explicitly say that MLP pulled me from the depths of depression, but read on, please.) My mom kicked my dad out of the house when I was 11 (they were divorced, but staying together for my sake, or so the story goes…), and despite the facade I put on for everyone, it really hit me hard. And so life went on. Things would happen, I’d bottle them up and move on. Sometimes I would break down in the middle of the night while I was lying in bed, but no one ever knew.
So, when I graduated high school and moved off to college, I thought I could start a new chapter in my life. That never happened. Not only was college a lot more difficult than I thought, but my girlfriend at the time broke up with me through a text message. That hit me hard. On top of that, at that point in time, I already felt like I was stuck in a rut. Wake up, go to class, go to work, come home, do homework, go to bed, repeat.
I took up drinking (heavily, might I add) and started spiraling downward fast trying to drown all the bad memories.
One night while I was drinking with some buddies, one of them told me about MLP. I recall laughing at him for watching a girly show (I had tried watching the first episode before and hadn’t liked it.) but I told him I’d give it another shot, just for him. So, he got on my computer and pulled up the first episode on YouTube.
I fell in love with the show more and more as he explained how Lauren Faust was the mastermind behind the show and as I realized the shows that she had done in the past. For the first time in a long time, I was legitimately laughing and happy.
Just to make sure, though, I went back a week later and started watching the show while sober. I still liked it even then. My buddy and I started watching them though the first season trying to get me caught up so I could keep up with the current episodes.
Now here is where the story takes an awesome turn, in my opinion. I had a class with a girl who I noticed was always on YouTube playing ponystep and remixes from the show, etc. I finally worked up the nerve to introduce myself to her, and admit to her that I was a brony. About a month later, we started going out and we have been happily together ever since.
If there is anything I have learned from all this, its that help can come from the weirdest places and things, and those can not only reinforce current relationships, but also create new ones.
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