Most people want to do good, especially by their friends. Why then are there so many people who are incapable of coming through for friends in need? Why is a good friend such a rare gem?
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The fact of the matter is that friendship is bucking hard, and helping people is a royal pain in the flank. If you let a friend crash at your place for a couple of weeks, it’s a massive inconvenience for you; (even Applejack and Rarity were at each other’s throats just from having to spend a single night under the same roof during a storm). If you buy a friend a sandwich, that means one less sandwich for you at the end of the week. Getting up early to help somepony move house is a gesture of friendship and devotion, but it means sore muscles, aching bones, and loss of much needed sleep.
However, life isn’t about sleep, nor is it about sandwiches. It is a process of collecting experiences and the memories that come with it. Five years from now are you going to look back fondly and remember the time that you grabbed a couple extra hours of sleep, or are you going to remember that time that you and a friend busted your flanks together moving house, and the room full of unopened boxes that you split a warm beer in afterwards? Those are the moments that bring us together. They are everything.
Someday those memories may even be all we have. That’s why helping out a friend in need is really a privilege in disguise. For bronies, it’s also an honor, or at least it can be if we choose to look at it as an opportunity to put the virtues of the show into action – a chance to do more than just watch My Little Pony, but to actually live all the things we love about it. To live the magic of friendship. To live pony.
That warm feeling you get when you watch ponies coming through for one another as friends – many of us hunger for it. We seek to relive it in discussions, in art, and in music because we don’t want it to end when the 22 minutes are up.
It doesn’t have to.
That joy we feel when Rarity wipes the mud from her eyes and reveals that she had been the one who’d been participating in the Sisterhooves Social all along; that smile that came to our faces when Pinkie Pie’s hair poofed out upon realizing that her friends hadn’t been betraying her at all, but had actually been planning her own surprise party; that rush we felt when we first saw Rainbow Dash overcome her performance anxiety and dive into a flawless sonic rainboom to save Rarity and the Wonderbolts – those feelings are all real, and they amount to more than just a series of well-executed scenes.
They are us!
That feeling is the goodness in our own hearts awakening and saying “Yes! This is how it’s supposed to be!” The thing is: it actually can be that way if you seize those opportunities to live pony, and pounce on any chance you can to help out a friend in need.
Buck sleep. Buck sandwich greed. Buck inconvenience. Collect experiences that you will be proud to look back on. If you take those pony feelz with you where ever you go, they become weapons of peace. You can use them to make the world a better place one friendship at a time.
Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! is a new column featuring reflections on love, tolerance, friendship, and other pony feelz.