Uncommon Interest

When I meet someone new, I don’t wait very long before I tell them something about myself that often surprises and confuses them. They may even notice my wallet, my cup, or my lanyard before I have the chance to explain. I don’t make a big deal about it, because it really is not a big deal. It is simply an interest of mine.

I am a fan of the show My Little Pony. People who either are part of the fandom or know about it probably have heard the term “Brony.” Based on what I have seen, the fandom is beginning to use that term as a gender-neutral term; however, many people still consider that term to solely describe adult male fans of My Little Pony. I have also heard the term “Pegasister” used for adult female fans.

The structure of the show has stayed the same over the six seasons it has been running. There is a set of 6 “mane” characters. Since they are ponies they are called the “Mane Six.” They include: Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and my personal favorite Pinkie Pie.

From left to right, Fluttershy, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash.

If the conversation goes far enough people might ask me why I love the show. There are a few reasons. The show is a positive and fun show to watch. Each 30 minute episode has a lesson it is teaching one or several of the characters. My go-to quote from the show to explain why this show moved me is “Understanding things about the past helped me deal with problems in the present.” The quote was said by Twilight Sparkle. The context for that quote was different then how I interpenetrated the meaning. That quote can be interpreted many different ways. It just so happened that I saw that episode when I was struggling with some mental and emotional turmoil and the statement really resonated with me at that time. I will go into other episode lessons in a feature blog post.