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 has a beard, 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.