It's hard to look to the past sometimes.
This is another piece based on the most recent episode, this time centered around Princess Luna and Tantabus. It's not exactly the Tantabus, but Tantabus in the form of Nightmare Moon. This focuses on one of Luna's initial experiences with the Tantabus. Although the Tantabus isn't actually taking some form, but sort of giving her a vivid mental picture of her wrongdoings, plus a "bad end," so to speak. The Tantabus takes the form of Nightmare Moon to persist in reminding Luna of who she used to be. It's possible to make an image of her nightmare, but I don't know, something like that could be a tad gruesome. XD I already saw a drawing where the Mane 6 failed to defeat Nightmare Moon and she ended up killing Princess Celestia, so I might leave it be, but it's still a possibility.
What I really liked about the episode was the lesson. The way I interpreted it, it pertains to self-reflection. Luna has said she conjured the Tantabus to punish herself for the worse she's done in the past. She couldn't forgive herself for errors she made long ago, and the guilt just built up. Personally, I feel that's a pretty strong message. There are some people that couldn't forget the mistakes they made long ago and it eats away at their subconscious. Eventually, it's engulfs their minds and it's all they're thinking about. Things like that can actually drive somebody into depression or even some other mental condition because they start to think about it and become upset they couldn't go back and fix it.
Like they said in that episode, just remember you can forgive yourself for those mistakes. Your actions and personality change as the years go by, so you will be a different person now than you were some time back. The fact that you strive to change yourself and become a better person is magnificent. You're taking the steps to make yourself uphold the responsibility to not commit whatever it was you did, so since you try to avoid making that same mistake over and over again, you've already proven you're different now than you were before. And once you forgive yourself and recognize that you are better now, you can look back and pass that mistake by as a gust of wind, and not like a destructive twister. It's difficult to do this, but in the end, it makes you feel a whole lot more relieved and relaxed.
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