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Cute and deep. I like it.

This highlights why, if given the chance to go back in time and change past actions I've done, I would decline.

For better or worse, who we are and what we have today is shaped by actions and linked subsequent events. Situations that would radically change differently in ways we couldn't expect or predict if different actions were taken. I know I wouldn't give up much of what I have now and more importantly the people I know and relationships I have just to correct one or two past mistakes.

More importantly, we have those decisions to give us precious experience. We can't change past events. There's nothing left to do and nothing that can be done but move forward, reflecting on what we had and what we have.

Just like Twilight, her B-minus, and the station and friends she now has.

The story reminds me (in a good way) of one of my favorite Star Trek:TNG episodes, Tapestry:

There are many parts of my youth that I'm not proud of... there were loose threads... untidy parts of me that I would like to remove. But when I pulled on one of those threads... it unraveled the tapestry of my life.
--Jean-Luc Picard

Like the episode, it helps reminds is that we are the sum of our experiences, both good and bad, and that sometimes our past failures are an integral part of who we become in the future.

De fluff, de feelz... I adore them so.

This message is not a new one to me, but somehow, reading this, I feel a little bit better about my own life. Thank you.

Also, this was like super adorable. :rainbowkiss:

You've done it again. Y U So Good At This?

This is amazing, except:

"Yeah. Uh huh. Say!" Spike leaned forward, almost knocking the bowl of gemstones over. "Can we go visit Minuette and Lemon Drops tomorrow?" He beamed from spine to spine. "They took photos from the Dragon Exhibit at Starswirl's Museum last month. I wanna see how hard those awful animatronics make me laugh. Haah haah haah!!! Ahem... how was that? You see, I've been practicing."

I think you meant "Lemon Hearts", right?

Hillbe #8 · Jan 7th, 2017 · · 8 ·

:pinkiegasp: funny? :pinkiehappy: Great!
:twilightsheepish: sue me
:moustache: sure! :twilightoops:

I... I don't know. It's well written, I can't disagree with the message, but... I just can't like this. I don't know why. Sorry.

Nicely done. Some real feels there.

(How often does this comet come by anyway? Even if this isn't an immortal Alicorn Twilight-verse, Dragons do live a long time. :moustache: )

Emil #11 · Jan 7th, 2017 · · 1 ·

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Nothing at all? You've been fortunate enough never to do something or make a mistake that was so terrible that there really wasn't anything good to come from it?

Sure, I've made my share of mistakes that resulted in valuable lessons or alternate paths that turned out fine, but there definitely have been a few events that led to crap with no silver linings. And I would dearly love to have the chance to fix those.

A mirthful crossed her muzzle

missing a word.

possibly ascertai it all

ascertain

It's a good story. Very nice introspective fluff piece.

A great message and very cutely done. Something a lot of people should and could learn.

Arn

Visitations, a commet, and a box?
Sounds like "Amahl and the Night Visitors".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzx-s46vjpY
And this is just too good...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC2vUR4m_Mw
The box in question.
This is my box
This is my box
I never travel without my box.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPCxrb1InpI
That's always fun, the gentleman sitting on stage..kindda makes the scene strange though.

If nothing else has come from your hiatus, Skirts, it's given us a lot of cool and really insightful introspection.

Just like EoP made you who you are, regardless of what anyone thinks of it now... the same goes for the present. The same goes for the past three months, and even the past four years before that. Go where you will, and keep going, trusting that this will make you better, too. Honestly, even if you don't have any semblance of regularity back, I'd say it already has.

And remember, even when you keep going and move on, you get to take the friends you made with you. Long live the Noble Jury!

Also, never be afraid to go back and reread your stuff for old times' sake. Sometimes, the past is actually a lot rosier than you remember.

Sappier than the CMC trying to zipline. I like it. :pinkiehappy:

I really enjoyed this. It did a good job of leaving me with that warm fuzzy feeling while delivering a great moral.

A delicate layer of fluffy warmth surrounding a ball of hard truth and morals. :ajsmug:

If I hadn't bombed out of my first semester of college, I might not be here. I only met the friends who showed me Friendship is Magic through a therapist I started seeing after going off my meds, holing myself up in my dorm room, and getting lost in a shame cycle of not going to class because I hadn't been going to class.

So yeah, this story definitely speaks to me. Than you for it, Skirts.

7849221 What's the point with learning from the past if you could easily change any aspect of it?

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And also to just keep going forward into the future, leaving the past behind, yet never forgetting it. For it makes us who we are.

And on another note, it is time once again for SSnE/IC to hold the feature box hostage. His reign has begun anew!

Very nicely done. A beautiful piece of fluff that hides the serious depth inside.

Reminds me of my favorite moral of all time, Momiji's speech from episode 15 of Fruits Basket: "I want to try and live my life carrying all of my memories with me. And even if those memories are painful, even if they do nothing but hurt me, I want to keep them. Even those memories I sometimes wish I could forget. As long as I carry them with me, as long as I can keep holding on, then someday, someday I'll be strong enough that those memories don't hurt me anymore, and I'll be glad that I have them. That's what I believe with all my heart. That's why all my memories are precious to me."

What she once was—what she could have been—was of no greater use than a crackling cocoon to a butterfly.

Skirts, doing purple prose right since October 16, 2011.

First fic I've read in years. You're a sight for sore eyes, SS&E. :pinkiesmile:

And what happened to the poor unicorn who saw Clover's Comet instead? :trixieshiftright:

Agreed a bit with Spike, but I understand Twilight's obsession over it and her ability to let it go now. It's a nice little backstory that we haven't yet gotten, to my knowledge.

7849944 She didn't make it to Celestia's sun celebration, which caused a rift between her and her teacher, which ultimately lead to her demanding alicornization and then fled Equestria for the human world... her name: Sunset Shimmer!

...What! It could happen! Everything else in the show is so interconnected.

Gagster #28 · Jan 7th, 2017 · · 1 ·

"Such an event happens only once in a lifetime, Spike. You... me... our friends? We'll all be long dead before Clover's Comet gets to streak through the sky once again."

Now I'm curious as to how long it takes for this comet to reappear that even a dragon and alicorn wouldn't be alive to witness it.

and then Spike joke hires Night Light to joke sue Twilight who joke hires Velvet to joke represent her as a joke attorney while using the livingroom as a joke courtroom and suddenly the joke escalates and Shining is brought in as a joke witness and Cadance is anoited as joke judge who then call on Celestia as a joke expert witness.

There's the sort of morality play MLP:FIM is all about! A life lesson wrapped up in a happy little story: Past events that seemed unfortunate at the time can set one's path toward a better life, so work with what you have instead of mourning what you lack.

One of the saddest things I have, is a photo of a dog I know my family had for several months before it ran away, but which even looking at the photo, I have no memory of. :fluttercry:

Wow...just...wow.

A great moral wrapped in a ball of fluff. A true masterpiece!

Something small, that seems it has no meaning, right at that moment, can change your future. Life is funny like that.
And this story, shows this.





And all that fancy speaking means I like this story,duh.:rainbowwild:

This story actually hits close to home for me, when I graduated from high school I had a full academic scholarship to a major university about an hour from where I live. However the day I was supposed to go to orientation I couldn't go due to not having enough gas to get up there. I wound up settling for the community college in my town and it was there I met my fiancée. All it takes is one thing to change your path, do I wish I would have gone to the university? No, I don't, because then I wouldn't have met the love of my life...for she is, in pegasi terms, the wind beneath my wings to keep me flying....

Well, isn't someone feeling nostalgic lately.

7850701 Aaayyyy I'm on my way to a scholarship too! And for me, it all boils down to a robotics competition...

Hmm...

7849818 Hey, I remember you. Welcome back!

Thanks! This gave gave a real lift when I was feeling really peeved about something! :pinkiesmile:

Dang, I thought this would turn out either Dark or Funny.

Nicely done.

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I wish you the best of luck

dats pretty good;

Hap

You're not you without your failures. Do you know what a life without failures look like?

I'll be honest, the only reason I read this was because I was 80 percent sure that was a picture of my closet.

But it turns out there was an actual character piece underneath it all! Good for you, author. Good for you. :)

I was kind of anxious for a while because I was expecting a horror story, but what I got was a feels exhibition. It was very good!

yup. win. /)

You made a jaded cynic smile good on you.

Wow. Just yesterday I finally cleaned out my own old closet, on account of a move out of state. There was a bit more permanently creased cloth and a tad fewer emotional epiphanies, but it's eerily coincidental all the same. Great story as always, thank you.

Unfortunately, I don’t exactly have many drastic life events or experiences that make me really connect with this story. And maybe if I did, I would able to love it even more. Yet even when I’m unable to, this story is still something that makes my eyes fill up, even the tiniest bit.

I just created an account on this site today, and if this is the type of quality stuff I'm going to be seeing, I really think I'm going to be enjoying my time here.

7849944 I like to imagine that was Moondancer. :fluttercry:

7849221 The problem is that if you do change one of those things, it would have a cascading effect throughout your life, and you would not be you anymore, including what is currently good about it. Unless you know how everything would turn out, if the thing is something that utterly consumed your life from that point forward, sending it into a nose-dive, or it is something that happened recently, it just isn't worth doing.

It's a flaw in a lot of time travel movies. Someone goes back, change things, but they themselves come back the same, and everything in their life is pretty much the same, except better. But most likely, the Marty McFly who owns the big, fancy pickup truck probably has the personality that tends to go with people who drive that sort of souped up truck, and he might well go to a private school (so none of his friends, girlfriend, etc), and even if that is the same, what he did when would be different, just in timing alone (family could afford to go on vacation in Paris, thereby resulting in him never meeting person X, and person X's party is where he met his best friend or girlfriend or whatever). For that matter, what he did would have changed his parents, resulting in different timing in their actions, and he'd have different DNA, if he even existed at all.

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