As you might know, I've recently been returning to websites like this and EqD to get back in touch with my old friends from the Brony fandom, and experience some nostalgia before the inevitable happens with My Little Pony.
Since the start of the end is happening soon, now that I have collected my thoughts on the topic, I just wanted to say that, although I might no longer be a Brony, there's no denying that this show and the fandom around it meant a lot to me... Personally, I never expected that the day I decided to watch MLP out of being bored and finding something to do on my mother's old, slow and pink laptop could have lead to such a big part of my life. Since 2014, being in the fandom gave me a place to be in my free time, it helped me discover parts of myself I never previously knew about, I learned a lot of lessons and I became the person I am today, all thanks to the ponies. And so far, nothing, not even my obsession with Splatoon have managed to come close to what MLP was to me.
It sounds silly to say but, MLP left a big impression on me, and it influenced me in a lot of ways that I never saw coming (e.g. my art style is quite clearly derived from MLP for the most part). I'm not sure where I would have been without this show, as it has helped me grow, it has helped me mature, and the fandom felt like a second home to me... Because of the kind of mark MLP has left on me in my life, I just wanted to say thank you to Lauren Faust, DHX Media, Hasbro, and of course the Brony fandom for making MLP the thing I remember it as today.
To anyone here (or elsewhere) from the fandom that I may have fell out of touch with, I just wanted to say that I'm sorry things couldn't work out and I do wish things were different... I'm sure that in some way, shape or form, if you were my friend during my Brony years, you have definitely left some kind of influence on me. I have really enjoyed my time in the fandom and I wouldn't have my teen to young adult years spent any other way!
Personally, for me, MLP wasn't just another popular show to me, but it was also an experience, which lead to many other things in my life and basically branched out into something more than just something to watch when I'm bored. I'll be sure to watch the episodes as they air, and it has been fun being part of the fandom for as long as I have!
And now, one of the first Brony songs I ever listened to, and also the song I knew would become nostalgic when the time finally came, also no doubt my favourite fandom song: