They say that the right thing to do, is always the hardest. It's difficult to take in, but it's true. As we all know, Season 9 is indeed the final season of MLP: Friendship is Magic. The premiere will be airing on April 6 -- April 7 in my time zone, which is conveniently on my birthday. I've been pretty evasive on conveying my opinion on the matter, but I feel that it's finally time. I'm not a sappy person, but I can't guarantee anything for this entry.
I've only been apart of the fandom for one and a half years, yet I feel like I've known the characters for my whole life. My interest in it may not be the same as it used to be, but I'd be lying if I said that it didn't impact my life in some way. If I hadn't watched this show, I would have never joined this forum, nor would I have met the amazing people on here. Ponies turned my life around. Is that an exaggeration? Perhaps, but it's true to an extent. I was once an angry person. I liked picking fights and treated others poorly. It was all likely the result of being picked on when I was younger, but I still hated myself on the inside. Eventually I chose to change myself as a person. It didn't happen overnight, as it was a long task that pushed me to my limits. Around that time was when I first watched Friendship is Magic. I had known about it and the fandom for at least two years prior, but I had no intention in joining it, as certain mediums had a left a sour taste in my mouth. I don't know what it was, but once I watched it, I was hooked. I'm not going to say that watching it suddenly transformed me into a different person and I became a superstar who saves puppies from fires. I'd be lying out of my teeth. What it did do, was that it made the journey a whole lot easier - a form of escapism from a harsh reality, if you will. Of course negatives were a given. I lost friends and was often made fun of for my interest in a program considered too girly for me - I'm a teenager who plays video games and shaves almost every day, which apparently means that I'm not allowed to expand my horizons or interests. At the end of the day they're not worth it, but I still feel like I'm held responsible in some sense.
Despite all this, I still stand as a changed man. My life may still not be perfect, but I'm a lot happier than I once was. Alas, it all must come to an end. A lot of us are bummed out, but it is for the greater good. It's always better to end on a high note, rather than when everyone is begging for it to end. I've been saying this for a while, but now that it's all confirmed, it definitley hits like a punch to the stomach. Still, it's something that we have to take and we must learn to let go. Season 9 has yet to begin and even so, who knows what Generation 5 could bring to the table. I'm willing to give it a chance nevertheless and I'm sure that more memories can be made from it. For the record, I don't plan on leaving the forum anytime soon. As far as I'm concerned, I'll be around for some time so you'll have to continue to bear with me. Anyways, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, so I'll stick to the point.
I will never forget the friends and memories I've made on here, nor will I forget the characters in the show. To me, they're also my friends and will forever be. The curtain may be closing, but the memories will never fade.
Thank you everyone.