I’m 26, so when I happened upon my friend’s kids watching My Little Pony I was ready to dismiss it right off the bat. But they begged me to spend the time watching with them. I obliged, thinking that I’d just shrug it off afterwards. But it only took a few episodes before I realized that I liked the show and wanted to see more. After watching all 5 seasons, 3 movies, and reading a bunch of comics stemming from the show, I can officially say that I’m a fan.
My Little Pony focuses on a lot of small lessons about friendship that I actually found very refreshing. Not too many kids shows are obvious about their lessons, but they clearly lay out multiple examples of what being a good friend is all about: a selfless attitude, favoring communication over assumptions, and, one of my favorites, that any personality type can become good friends with any other kind of person. The show also has lessons about being a good family. Like how to treat siblings with respect and love, even if you don’t always agree.
There is magic involved with the unicorns, but My Little Pony doesn’t rely on magic to always get them through each obstacle. It’s always through the lessons they learn that they can defeat their foes or just sort out a problem. Sometimes you’ll see the same lessons but in different contexts. I believe this is one of the reasons why the show has so many fans of different ages, from children to adults, because each scenario speaks to people in different areas of life and in different ways.
The beginning of the series starts with developing the new friendships between the “Mane 6”: Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Apple Jack, Fluttershy, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie. Throughout the seasons, they grow their friendships with each other and the community around them in Ponyville in the Land of Equestria. I appreciate the fact that the show starts with personal friendships, then reaches out to the community and beyond.
My friends sometimes think my love for My Little Pony is a bit excessive—or just ridiculous. (Hey, I love my Rainbow Dash hoodie!) But becoming obsessive about any TV show is something you need to keep an eye on. It’s very easy to get too engrossed in all the different pony personalities and label yourself as one or two characters. But we are all varied and unique human beings!
In the beginning, I wanted to be like Rainbow Dash—an athletic pony with a loyal yet brash personality who always needed too be cool. I liked her style and her passion, so I tried to personify her rather than embrace who I really am. Basically I wanted to be more like Rainbow Dash. But that was a problem. I’ve since realized that I already have a personality that’s passionate and full of life; I don’t need to be more like Rainbow. Instead of trying to make myself more like her, I can enjoy seeing parts of myself in her already.
Yes, there a many little lessons this show has to offer, but it doesn’t reveal a magical, secret ingredient to making good friends. No one has that. But seeing models of good friendships, whether they’re a couple of ponies, other teens at school, or your own friends, can only have a positive impact on your life.
If you want to read up on some good examples of friendships in the Bible, check out this article on 412teens: What is true friendship?
Rachael is an artist who is trying to adult at the same time. Her goal is to help others see and enjoy things they might never get to experience, to let their minds travel to unique worlds and revel in the beauty of everything. Life is an adventure!