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"We Are Pilots" by RizCifra "We Are Pilots" by RizCifra
Holding close my secrets
Naked broken pieces
From the madness in what you do
The fingers point right back at you

What about my problems?
The people try to solve them
I guess I'm under the weather
Since no one else belongs here with me

Hello Mother
Some news for you
I'm really not that crazy
Hello Father
I'm curious
Why you think there's something wrong with me

Sunday I cried all night
And it hurt so bad
But if you try to understand

This is who I am

Color coated sweetness
Swords beneath my clean dress
I'm making sense of shattered dreams
Because I want you to be proud of me

What about my problems?
The people try to solve them?
I guess I'm under the weather
Since no one else belongs here with me

Hello Mother
Some news for you
I'm really not that crazy
Hello Father
I'm curious
Why you think there's something wrong with me

Sunday I cried all night
And it hurt so bad
But if you try to understand

This is who I am

"We Are Pilots"
by Shiny Toy Guns


For anyone who has ever felt misunderstood...

For anyone who has ever felt like he/she wasn't accepted for who he/she is...

For anyone who didn't know what to do with his/her life...

For anyone who has ever felt lost or alone...

There are brighter days that await you.

There is a place out there for you with people who care about you.

A place where you belong.

Never give up and always stay true to who you are.

You'll find it.


Original Tumblr post with audio: [link]

Uploading here because :iconkeinzantezuken: told me to using Canterlock ;_;

I wish I could explain what this hot mess that I threw up is, but like I enjoy doing with certain songs, I'd rather have people make their own story or apply their own meaning -- especially since this isn't at all what I originally planned. After hearing from a few friends who were going through tough times and learning of a fellow brony who was kicked out of his home for liking ponies, I just wanted to draw something for all those people who feel out of place or are going through a rough patch in their lives. I know the style and content are cheesy and clichéd, and I apologize.

I was originally going to draw a person, then a generic pony, but Ditzy Doo/Derpy Hooves came about and she is kind of the fandom mascot. It's like I see her and read all the fandom stories, and I can relate! Despite what some people say, despite her klutziness, she still carries on with a smile and that adorable wall-eyed expression. I admire that about her, and I admire that about many of you.

And ha! For once, I left off the cutie mark intentionally instead of by accident like I usually do. The reason is because before I started reading Ditzy Derp fan fiction and fan comics, I imagined that she could have been an older blank flank -- because I love the idea of adult blank flanks? Hey, adults can feel lost too! -- and I had it in my mind that she got her cutie mark, not necessarily because she found her one special talent, but because she found the one place where she truly belonged.

Ahaha, but that's me being silly and that doesn't necessarily apply to this comic. She could just be lost here because she's a silly pony!

Oh, and those are special bubbles. They survived the rain for a reason. Perhaps Celestia enchanted them? =] Maybe they're more spiritually symbolic/metaphorical? Who knows. That's up to you. I don't know squat, and it's always far more fascinating to hear other people's interpretations and ideas. X]

Thanks to everyone who came by so late and sacrificed sleep to drop by the stream! I'm sorry I was working so slowly and had to cut it off because of my headache.
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widward202thesecond Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
I saw this on a pl account
segamarvel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
This... picture... is so AWESOME! Please tell me you do commissions? I would GLADLY pay you to draw something as awesome as this!
SugarCookie310 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Beautiful.... *Sniff Sniff*
DallasBlack Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Love what you've done with my favorite pony! Beautiful, epic, amazing, gorgeous, etc.
Den-drummer Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
dat last panel is one of my wallpapers :dummy:
mister-games Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing... Simply amazing...
HerobrineFanGirl123 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
So Cute I Love it Clap Meow :3 
CrimsonFangX666 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This puts me in a mind of a sort of back ground story for Derpy. She was wandering around, alone, because no one understood her and though she was a blank flank freak because of her derpy eyes, and it was those bubbles that lead her to Ponyville, where she found a home and friends.
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This comic is simply wonderful and gabe me the feels too... I just love it!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Excellent job!!! ;)
Pikachu1089 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg this is so touching, I am bullied a lot and I have ADHD, and Aspergers, I am teased a lot thank you for this
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Writer
You're making me cry.

No, don't stop.
Jakeito413 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Thank you. Thank you so much
pugsarecutesy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Clap Words do not describe.
Jordan179 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
It is literally-impossible not to love Derpy.  Those who don't are probably possessed by the Shadows.
CanadianDesperado Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A beautiful piece to accompany a beautiful song. Thanks for providing the song for context, I'd never heard the song before, and I needed to.
Luvponehs2 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oooooooh, da animation
blue-pancake Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
This art style is beautiful. And the animated parts look fantastic. I have been going through lots of your art now and I really appreciate it :) Keep it up.
Corsair43 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Thank you. I'm going through a rough patch in my life right now, and watching the last panel for a few minutes made me feel a bit better about tomorrow.
It's a really beautiful piece.
Jiao27 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
This is absolutely beautiful.
TheStoreClerk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DrakeRenar1 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Wow, just wow!
GEWB2105 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Cool piece of work. It's really nice.
DracoDei Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Why are her eyes straight? Did she not pick up her condition until later?
BaDWOLF907 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
blue5645 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
cool effects
shadowbracken Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
hell yeah i have link to derpys story CHECK IT OUT
-------------> [link]
MoonLightNest Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
And let the manly tears being to fall from my eyes!
Fappingspider Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I really cant seem to find the words that properly express my reaction to the emotions im feeling from looling at this comic
This pic really is "breathtaking"
smokeybacon Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such beauty in this comic, and not a single word was needed.
DowaKaDay Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
the game is also awesome as this
Renin-Sa Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
here, take this heart :heart:
that has just been broken
LightingAshley25 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work!~
skidude2000 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
This is awesome!
TwilightSniperHue Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I don't really think that I could even begin to describe how moving this is to me. This is absolutely beautiful regardless of how cheesy or clichéd you say is. Just.. wow.
I'm actually quite jealous of your talent as well.
GhostWolfHybrid Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is touching
PsychoTD Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dashierainbow Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
FyedeeMutt Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my favorite song
Color-Clouds Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
:icondashishappyplz: awesome
Hana-LuLu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow =) I just ADORE THIS!!!!!!!
Monturrock Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Ohh :icondragoncryingplz: That is just beautiful.... Amen... Amen...
LighthouseRob Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
So this is where this came from! Found this some time earlier last year and I had no idea who made it. Glad I can finally put a name to this.

Anyways, fantastic work here. I know this piece speaks to a lot of people, myself included, so thanks for doing something like this.
Supercartoon1 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very touching. I've been feeling depressed for a few years now and it's become extremely bad, but this pic makes me hope that someday I can find out people like me and smile one day as I finally find my own piece of sunlight.
temporos Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry, but I need to be the voice of reality here. This is aside from the amazing artwork in this piece. I love it, and it's going into my favourites list. However...

As someone who's always felt misunderstood, has never been accepted for who I am, has no idea what to do with his life (even after multiple university degrees), and feels constantly alone, my 30+ years of life experience has taught me that there are no brighter days ahead. Society has taught me that there is no place where I belong. Even my own country wants nothing to do with me and has effectively exiled me. There are no people who honestly care about me.

Unlike every pony in FIM, I have no special talent. Despite my wishes and attempts and years of learning, I have nothing that makes me valuable to any group of people or even any individual. The world screams for me to give up, to be someone other than who I am, and sometimes I listen, because in this world, I simply don't fit in...

RizCifra Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I'm sorry that I'm so late in this, and it breaks my heart to see it was written on Christmas Day.

I care, and I bet there are many things you do wonderfully that you don't give yourself enough credit for. Don't give yourself a hard time about not knowing what to do with your life. I know many people who are in that same boat, including myself. I find you valuable to this world, and your experiences and insight, thoughts and stories, are priceless and probably very valuable to someone else out there who is feeling just as lost.

Please, never give up. :heart:
temporos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Christmas is meaningless when you're forced to spend it with people who treat you poorly and dislike you.

I'm not going to go on complaining or moaning. I've said all I really can on the subject. But yeah, I feel exactly as this portrayal of Derpy did in the earlier panels: misunderstood, like I'm not accepted for who I am, like I don't know what to do with my life, lost and alone. I don't believe anymore that there is a place I belong.

Can anyone do anything about it? Those who can won't. Those who will can't. Can anyone help? I don't know.
RizCifra Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Out of curiosity, I noticed you said you have multiple university degrees. May I ask more about them and what they are? It's nothing too important, so if you don't feel like sharing, you don't have to.

I want to help, but I think I should get to know more about you somehow! You seem like a very thoughtful person.
maroonjune Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is so untrue.

There is at least one person in the world that cares about you. If there is no one(i doubt that though)then find someone. Someone should care for you, because there is someone who has eased your pain, whether cheering you up or talking it out. Whoever it is, you should understand that. That is your brighter day; spending time with the people you love. I will not believe that you do not have any one that cares for you. That is impossible. One of the many needs of a human being, love.

Plus, you have a talent, you just haven't found it, neither have I, but it does NOT mean you are not valuable. You have a quality no one else has, you just haven't found it.You are a valuable person. I fact, I can bet that you can name at least over ten things good about your self.

You do fit in. There is no normal in this world. It is a made up thing. You are an individual. Be your own person. 'Cause I think you are gonna be a great one =)
temporos Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I could believe that. But, being a 30+ year-old "blank-flank" (metaphorically, of course) is a pretty strong indicator unto itself. Everything you said in your response just sounds like well-wishing - vaporous, ethereal.

You say that I just haven't found my talent yet. Maybe I need the help of someone else to find it. But if my own country doesn't care enough to repatriate me, then who would possibly care enough to help me "earn my mark?"
maroonjune Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can help you, I can care. Sure I hardly know you but I swear on my soul that I, someday will find your talent. I will not stop until it is fond. I promise.
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