My Thoughts on the “My Little Pony” Episode “Bloom and Gloom”

When it comes to “My Little Pony,” my favorite episodes are the episodes where I could draw parallels to my own life. (Two examples being “For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils” and “Lesson Zero.”)

Then there is “Bloom and Gloom.” “Bloom and Gloom” is steeped in “My Little Pony” lore — specifically, “cutie marks” — and as a result it is the first episode that made me realize that not every episode of “My Little Pony” is so easy to relate to.* That isn’t to say that “Bloom and Gloom” isn’t without merit. It is. And the more times I watch the episode, and the more analysis videos I watch of it, the more I appreciate it: I’ve just got to work at it more than I’ve worked at other episodes before.

“Bloom and Gloom” asks a lot of questions: What is a cutie mark? What will getting one mean? What if you don’t like yours? The episode also brings up the issue of doing what you want to do vs. doing what you need to do.**

For about the past year, I’ve been discerning my vocation: Praying, talking with others, and thinking about what I enjoy doing and what I can make a living doing.

My siblings suggested that I learn how to write computer code, since computers are a big industry nowadays and there are sure to be ways that I could support myself. But, I don’t want to write computer code. I spend so much time in front of the computer writing, talking with others, reading articles, and watching Youtube videos, that to spend any more time I think would drive me crazy: I’d pretty much be spending my life in front of a computer.

I want to help people. Advice I got, from my sister-in-law, was to look for a career that utilized my love of writing and my desire to interact with others. That is currently what I’m doing.

My favorite moment in the episode: Applejack singing a lullaby to Apple Bloom:

Hush now, little sister
You’re loved by all you know
You’ll never lose their friendship
No matter where you go
There ain’t no call to worry
So don’t you cry or fret
A cutie mark won’t change you
No matter what you get***

*http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Cutie_marks

**For example: When Apple Bloom dreams that she is an exterminator — something she doesn’t want to be — she soon realizes that an exterminator, no matter how unappealing the job itself might seem, is the only one who can save the town from an infestation.

***http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Transcripts/Bloom_%26_Gloom

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