Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friendship lessons: What I've learned from "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic."

The reason for this post is because I'm tired of people saying "My Little Pony is not goth. you can't like it if it's not goth." okay, my little pony may not be goth but that doesn't stop it from being a good show that I enjoy. I've actually learned a lot about being a better friend as well as being a better person from the show. Yes it is a show that is stereotypically for little girls. I actually am glad that "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" is viewed by young girls. Most Famous women now and days are represented as vain, catty and highly unintelligent.

For those who do not know anything about the show, I'll give a brief summary.

The whole show revolves around Twilight Sparkle, A studious young unicorn who loves to read and study in order to perfect her magic. one day during her studies she discovers a prophecy. Nightmare Moon, An evil alicorn (Pegasus/ Unicorn hybrid) is about to break free from her prison on the moon where she was imprisoned long ago by her sister, Princess Celestia. Princess Celestia is Twilight's teacher as well as being the ruler of all Equestria (the Country where all the ponies live)

Princess Celestria, upon listening to Twilight's concerns, sends her to make friends and prepare for the summer solstice. Twilight firmly believes she doesn't need friends and tries to find ways to defeat Nightmare Moon.

Along the way she discovers 5 other ponies friendship, causing them to all fullfill thier destiny as bearers of the elements of harmony, powerful magical objects that allow them to defeat Nightmare moon and restore balance to Equestria.

I feel everyone can find somepony to relate to in the show. I'll give a quick intro to all 6 of the main ponies.

Twilight Sparkle: A studious young pony who at first is unsocial and considers knowledge more important than friendship. She deliberately avoids contact with other ponies due to this. Although she is organized and extremely meticulous, she often worries about things unnecessarily to the point of paranoia. But she cares for her friends and her faith in them rarely shakes. Twilght represents the element of magic for the elements of Harmony.

Applejack: An Earth pony, Applejack is the most hard working of the bunch. Born and raised on the Sweet Apple Acres, her family's farm, she is athletic and loves being outdoors. Although headstrong about doing things on her own, Applejack is normally kind and considerate. She often is ornery and stubborn. Applejack is the type of pony who sometimes lacks patience with aggressive or rude behavior and returns it in kind. she is Honest to a fault and represents the element of Honesty.

Fluttershy: My personal favorite. Fluttershy is calm, timid and shy Pegasus pony. she hates disappointing others and is often the "mother" of the group. she is kind and sensitive, almost to a fault. she has a special talent with animals and is confident in her ability. While generally soft-spoken, she is capable of giving "The Stare", a fierce and paralyzing gaze capable of taming and intimidating animals of all sizes. she represents the element of kindness.

Rainbow Dash: Cocky and a bit lazy, Rainbow Dash is very confident in her abilities. She is the fastest flyer in pony-ville and dreams of one day joining "the Wonder-bolts" ( a group of Pegasi like the Blue Angels) Rainbow can be mischievous and loves pulling pranks. she is also athletic and brash, with a competitive streak that has led her to go as far as to cheat in order to win. However, Rainbow is extremely loyal and will never abandon her friends, even if it means sacrificing her dreams to do it. she represents the element of loyalty.

Pinkie Pie: Pinkie Pie is an outgoing, energetic pony who loves sweets.  She has a fondness of parties and a tendency to throw them on a whim. Pinkie Pie plays many instruments and frequently breaks out into song. She also tends to hop rather than walk, usually accompanied by a springing noise. She is often not taken seriously even by her closest friends. The most random pony you'll ever meet, it is not uncommon for Pinkie to break the fourth wall in the show. She is an extrovert, the pony that every pony is friends with. Despite this, she still harbors insecurities. Pinkie represents the element of Laughter.

Rarity: Polite and ladylike, Rarity is the diva of the group. she has a talent for designing the latest fashions and love making new clothes for her friends. Rarity tends to be a drama queen, she can be vain.  While Rarity cares about her appearance quite a bit, being averse to stepping in mud or risking getting herself messy, she is not above getting her hooves dirty when it comes to helping her friends or creatures in need.despite being the representation of the element of Generosity, she is often self centered and narcissistic.

Now that I've told you about the ponies. let me tell you what I've learned from the show.
I learned that it's hard to accept when someone you like wants to spend time with someone who's not so nice. Though it's impossible to control who your friends hang out with, it is possible to control your own behavior. Just continue to be a good friend. In the end, the difference between a false friend and one who is true will surely come to light.

I learned to not being afraid of being thought of as a showoff to if it means you hiding a part of who you are. it's okay to be proud of your talents, and there are times when it's appropriate to show them off... Especially when you're standing up for your friends.

 never lose faith in your friends. They can be an amazing source of strength, and can help you overcome even your greatest fears.

if you embrace each others differences, you just might be surprised to discover a way to be friends after all.

sometimes the solution to your problems can come from where you least expect it. It's a good idea to stop and listen to your friends' opinions and perspectives... Even when they don't always seem to make sense.

we all have hidden talents, and if we're patient and diligent we're sure to find them. And as always, with good friendship and teamwork, anything can be accomplished.

Sometimes, the thing you think will cause you to lose friends and feel left out can actually be the thing that helps you make your closest friends and realize how special you are. 

if you try to please everyone, you oftentimes end up pleasing no one, especially yourself. And when someone offers to do you a favor,  you shouldn't be overly critical of something generously given to you. 

there are wonderful things in this world you just can't explain, but that doesn't necessarily make them any less true. It just means you have to choose to believe in them. 

Just because someone is lady-like doesn't make her weak. In fact, by using her wits, a seemingly defenseless pony can be the one who outsmarts and outshines them all. 

Being a good friend means being able to keep a secret, but you should never be afraid to share your true feelings with a good friend. 

you should take your friends' worries seriously. Even if you don't think that she has anything to worry about.

 being sisters is a wonderful thing, but it takes teamwork. Sometimes it's about compromising. Sometimes it's about accepting each others' differences. But mostly, it's about having fun together.

Waiting for what your heart desires can be really hard. So, you may try to take a shortcut. But this dishonesty never works, because you didn't earn what your heart desired. The only cure is being honest with yourself, and others.

No matter where you go in life, you should never forget that you are the product of your home and your friends. And that is something always to be proud of.

Sometimes, our desire for responsibility can outrun our actual ability to handle it.

Sorry for the ridicoulusly long post, I felt bad for not posting anything recently. hope you enjoy.

Bats and Kisses,

Lady Zendra


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