I'm among those whose life starts off bad; rough childhood, abusive siblings, not able to make any friends because I shy away from people with my fear of them acting like how my abusive sibling do. But all that changed when I found ponies back when I was 14, that was 2011 when ponies were still only on season 1. Thanks to ponies I was able to use it as a conversation starter among other bronies, and that's how I got rid of my fear of people today.
That being said, I have a bit of a traumatic experience with Men as a teenager. its still stuck on me a little bit, but I'm alright with you internet people