I've been working through a deep story about how Scootaloo's parents were killed and how my main character decided to adopt her. Going along with the fact that he is a fictionalized version of my own personality, I've had to think deeply about putting myself in these situations of combat and psychological manipulation, and in doing so for what is now about a year and a half, it has made me feel more connected to Scootaloo as a character. Seeing a great picture like this now makes me feel like I'm seeing my daughter, and while 'real parents' might call me out on the fact that I am just some asshole on the internet, I'd like to think that my endeavors to build a beautiful world have given me a level of insight and empathy for what parents see in raising a child.
It is things like this fan art that makes me believe that humanity is capable of creating positive things. Stay frosty.