Fluttershy is an Earth Pony in many ways and in lots of ways it would take an Earth Pony to excel at her talents and sensitivity to the creatures. The wings though helped a lot to lend an extension to her personality and I think was a nice touch. It also made for an interesting story for her background that also benefited her character. I changed my race too, after I was sure what I wanted to be, but it was changed, even in the middle of already establishing the character cause it suited the character better.
Well Earth Ponies are exceptionally gifted with the world around them, with plants, the earth, the sky and including with the animals. They can sense certain changes to a degree, it's almost like an intuition. Some Earth Ponies are talented with something in that area, like one Earth Pony can be really good with animals, while another one is not so good, but really good with growing gardens.
Not to go off on too much of a tangent, but a type of pony that really excels at these gifts are Alicorns. They not only encompass instincts of all three races, but if they allow their Earth Pony senses to take over, they can have extraordinary sensitivity to the earth and sky. Like Luna for example, can sense objects in space that would overwhelm an ordinary Earth Pony, but I digress.
Anyhow, with Fluttershy's handicap with flying, even though she is a Pegasus, helped express how different she was to even her own fellow Pegasus and potential for growth. She was destined for something different that is usually not something you see with Pegasus, but still had room to be a good flyer. This made Fluttershy a complex character, but then all the other characters are well written too and complex in their own right. Fluttershy was originally intended to be an Earth Pony, but at the last minute, almost literally, with the help of Faust's team, decided that she would be a Pegasus. I think it was a brilliant move.
I was also commenting that in some sense, I made the same drastic move with my character, changing races. Although instead of making the change before introducing the character to the public, I made the change after the character was established with other people. It still went over well and wasn't that big of an adjustment as I thought, because it was a good change and supported the character better.
Oh and Pinkie Pie originally intending to be a Pegasus, but changed during pre-production into an Earth Pony, also a brilliant move. Reason for that is her sensitivity to tell that 'things' about to happen. Like her uncanny Twitchy-Twitch quirk that she can almost read in to the imminent future, that's her Earth Pony senses, picking up on certain things happening to the world around her.
I personally think Personality should NOT equal your race. That's like saying you should be fat because you American. Your personality comes from your personal experiences and conditions. Your Race comes from Your Genes. FlutterShy's backstory is MUCH more compelling as a Pegasus, discovering her connection with nature after getting kicked out of her home. As for Pinkie, I like he flying through he 4h wall. Not wings.
Me too! My episode is more Hurricane Fluttershy; I had siblings who teased me a lot, and I grew up in a town where people didn't like my religion, so they teased me about it, and I became very uncomfortable to do anything, but going to high school and college and meeting awesome artist friends there helped me to become more motivated to be strong. Do you like to sing, Sonata?