This is more of a response to a journal post (maximillianveers.deviantart.co…), that I felt I should elaborate more upon with myself..
When I first heard of MLP:FiM, I was laughably appalled at my friends appreciation for it, based on title alone. However, I would definitely consider myself a fan of the animated arts, and even more so of those done in 2D (a subject I'll touch on later), so I decided to give it a try. The writing caught me off guard with its higher vocabulary and subtle wit. The art was eye-catchingly crisp and the animation was remarkably smooth. The cliff-hanger premier left me curious enough to see the season's opening to the end. Needless to say, I was hooked!
Now, there are plenty of lessons that anyone can take away from the show, but there are two that have truly been affecting me as of late: "Be yourself" and "Accept others for the same". I don't know what it is about those fillies, but my enjoyment in the series has made it much easier for me to express myself to those around me, and enjoy being myself for who I am, not what others think of me. On top of that my patience has grown for the world at large, to somewhat positive results. It doesn't always work, but sometimes a little understanding, a positive attitude, and a smile can go a very long way in difficult situations. Times haven't been so kind to me, and my 50+hr work week is rather stressful, and somehow these ponies make it so much easier to cope with. They're doing such a wonderful job of bolstering the lessons that my Bible and church have been teaching me in these challenging times.
MLP has also rekindled my desire to become a better artist. I've found a style that somewhat suits my drawing ability, and working with pony anatomy is helping me develop that a bit more!
That's not to say it's all rain-booms and fluttershies with my new found brony-ness. There's the same attitude at the ridiculousness of it all that I originally had, directed at me now. It can occasionally be embarrassing (and I realize the contradiction with the largest positive this is) dealing with others who are not as understanding of the fandom. I've been the flank of a few jokes, and even down right ridiculed in my fandom, though I usually come out smiling and laughing right along. Which I suppose, in the end, makes it that much better. Although I do get embarrassed, I don't try to hide that aspect of myself, and can usually have people laughing with me instead of at me before long.
In the end, being Brony is just a small part of who I am. By no means does it define me, though it has certainly allowed me to discover what does. Wholesome entertainment that is truly entertaining doesn't come around too often, and I am glad to be able to enjoy such a wondrous example.