Ponies, because they helped my get rid of depression. Ok, I was already under medical treatment, but they sky-rocketed the process.
I even know how.
On a mood-scale from -5 to +5 where - is bad and + is good. Before I started taking meds my mind was wobbling somewhere between +1 and -5 i.e I was having suicide thoughts on the bad days and MAYBE smiled quickly on the good days.
The meds I was taking, citalopram for the curious, put my overall mood at a solid 0. Neither good nor bad. They made me apathetic, emotionless. I didnt feel joy the same way, (the few) things that normally would make me smile would just make me give it a quick nod, aknowledging it. On the contrary I didn't feel bad. At all. So at that moment I thought it was an improvement. To this day I still do.
So where do ponies fit into this?
Well, after I've been going on meds for like a month, on a normal sunday morning a friend send me a link on MSN to a youtube video saying I might like that video.
The video in question is S2E04 ''Luna Eclipsed''. As the video started and I saw Spike pacing back and forth I was stunned and intrigued by the strong and bright colors. Back then I wasn't as good as I am today at listening to english talking, since english is not my first language, so I was focusing MUCH more on the audio rather than the actual visuals, appealing as they were.
I was happily watching the video... untill... the intro theme. I don't think I've ever slammed the spacebar quicker and harder in my life. Yes, it took me THAT long before I realized what exactly I was watching. The title of the video only had the name of the episode in it, not the show itself.
So for the moment I shut down firefox and asked my friend if he had gone crazy, watching something like that. He only replied ''Haha, I guess it was nothing for you after all ^^ Well, gotta go''
For an entire day I couldn't stop thinkig of the episode, what little I had watched. So the next day when I got home from school, I rummaged through my MSN chat history to find that link again. This time I skipped the intro. Let me tell you. I had a blast.
Remember when I earlier said that my mood was overall on a 0? After that episode my mood was cemented on a +5, and let me remind you, that is under the effect of mood-hindering medication.
As soon as my friend got online I appologized for my earlier behaviour and asked him nicely if I could get the link for the very first episode. Thus, my bronydom began.