Taran’s Struggle, And How Bronies Helped


My name is Taran and I’m from Scotland. When I was a kid, I was bullied nonstop. Although I’m a big guy, I don’t like confrontation, so I just let myself get beat up and put down without complaining. Everyone else was talking about music and gaming and card games but I didn’t like music, I didn’t have a GameBoy or anything and I never had enough money to buy any card games like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh. That and I looked different as well.

At the start of 2008, I finally snapped and broke a guy’s arm, which was when I got transferred to a residential school. During my time there I got beat up a lot and always got put down by the teachers and staff. But I did develop myself, just not the same as the other kids. While everyone else was listening to rap and pop, I started listening to metal, which only made me more of an outcast.

In 2012, I finally came home to a brother who constantly beat me up and a mother who practically blamed me for everything. My dad was the only family member I had anything in common with but he was very ill. He couldn’t walk more than a few feet without being out of breath.

Anyway, at the start of 2012 I was feeling pretty depressed and had thought of suicide on several occasions. When I came home I just stayed inside and tried to laugh everything off on Memebase, although the joy never lasted long. Then I saw a tab called “My Little Brony” and I thought ‘What the hell?’. At first I just laughed at the jokes even though I didn’t know what they were referring to. Then I got curious and decided to watch the show, which is by far the best decision of my life so far.

The brony community dragged me out of the depression I was in and helped make me smile. I used to be ashamed to like music everyone else hated, wear the opposite of everyone else and look different but since I became a brony, I’ve learned to embrace my differences and use them to my advantage. I still get bullied every now and then, but now I just shrug it off and it doesn’t even faze me.

The song “Great To Be Different” really helped me accept who I am fully.

Thank you for reading this,


5 comments to Taran’s Struggle, And How Bronies Helped

  • Comet1258 and Weper78  says:

    I love metal too!

  • HyperDude  says:

    i am so happy for u and we have alot in common ur story is exatly like mine i rly want to know u better do u have facebook?

  • Xeno  says:

    same here /)

  • the girl with music in her heart  says:

    great story Taran my friend. Im glad you submitted your story from me who you know as Musicnotes

  • Funneh Cake  says:

    im a mlp fan because my little sis watched it so much that i started watching too and started to become a pegasister.

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