Something about Room for Ruby I really enjoyed, was the play on the episode summary. “Steven’s Gem family continues to grow.” And we assumed, with a variety of reactions, that a new character would be entering the mix 

When I was talking about the episode in this post I posited a question of whether the gems recognised Navy’s treatment of them, deceiving them and manipulating them, was exactly what they had done to the Ruby Squad, not once but twice.

That they expected a member of that set to come to them with open arms and without any hard feelings was presumptive and patronising. Given their reaction at the end, shrugging off Navy’s escape and acquiring a ship, it seemed as though they were unapologetic and unaware of the irony.

The thing is, episode summaries have always been accurate and the play on the family’s “growing” fit in really nicely with the theme of the episode and what we might be expecting from the show.

With the current main cast, we have a lot of stories that haven’t yet been told. We still don’t know about Lion, about Lapis, about Bismuth and Jasper, and even the senior Crystal Gems have a lot of “lost years” that we have yet to hear about. This episode implies that these characters will not be forgotten in lieu of the new characters we’ve seen.

Also, to answer the question I asked in my post, it implies the gems are indeed growing and learning, distancing themselves from their own prejudice towards Homeworld gems like the Rubies. Because there was definitely a difference in the way they regarded the Ruby Squad compared to the way they reacted to the Diamonds. It shows that the typecasting they escaped on Homeworld is something they’re still guilty of. And in some respects, they have tried to move past this static thinking.

Daily reminder to love your own body because it’s beautiful and no one else’s so don’t look to society for how to be 🌸🌷🌻
—  everyone should read this: my thoughts this afternoon by coffeee-and-vogue

does anyone else have those moments where they just fall in love with being alive? like, maybe you’re in art class with soft music and you realize that this peaceful feeling is a part of life that you love and you want to just keep forever, and there are so many other parts of life too that are so wonderful and maybe existing isnt so bad after all

Fall in love with yourself more and more with each passing day. Have so much respect for yourself that you automatically reject anyone that doesn’t.
Once you’ve reached the top of the mountain, take a moment to stop and admire how far you’ve come. Acknowledge all of the hard work you have put in to get to that achievement.
Take criticism lightly. It means nothing against your character, but are merely opportunities for growth and development. There is always room for improvement, for no one is a complete expert in every task.