Let me clarify that, the My Little Pony community saved my life
Hello my name is John King and I would like you to hear my story. I suffer from C-PTSD, I have been through things in my 25 years that I would do almost anything to forget. I guess you could say that because of my experiences I shut myself off from the world and over the years things got worse. I was judgmental of everyone around me, finding flaws in everything anyone did just so I could don the false mask of self pride. I went through boughs of depression, and was full of unfounded hatred. Teetering on the edge of suicide the only reason I never went through with it was because I managed to hold onto enough of myself to have a wife and daughter, but my problems affected them and I knew they deserved better then me. I had lost faith in humankind, the only thing that I had to live for was the fact I had someone that relied on me.
However things changed a few month ago. One Saturday morning I was bored and I had seen a multitude of things about MLP;FIM for some time now. So why not? I looked up the fist episode on youtube and watched it, then the 2nd. Next thing I know the weekend is over and I had seen all of the first season. I was hooked, so much so that I looked into the community and with that my life changed for the better. The deeper I sunk into the fandom the better I felt about life. I had the same devoted mindset that for so long I used to criticize others for. The brony community resorted my hope for our world, let me explain how.
Our community is breaking down established cultural and gender roles that have been in place for generations. People see the notion that to hate is cool, life is fear, to insult and look down on others in the norm, and we say, NO. We are showing the world that it is cool to be kind, it is respectable to care for others, and that lending a helping hand for no other reason then to do it is a reward in itself. I for one am proud to be part of this community because of just that and I am going to do my best to be a shining example of what love and tolerance can be.
Thank you everypony, I owe you all more then I can ever repay.