This post is about the show Glee. You’ve been warned!
I was devastated when I found out about Cory Monteith’s (who played Finn Hudson on Glee) passing over a year ago. I know that sounds weird, because I obviously didn’t know him or anyone he knew personally.
But I was so moved and inspired by Glee. I was a major Glee re-watcher, and would re-watch episodes from previous seasons while the current season was on hiatus.
Since the real person who played Finn Hudson left this world, I haven’t been able to bring myself to go back and re-watch any pre-tragedy episodes.
I was one of the people sobbing uncontrollably during “The Quarterback” episode. I don’t think anyone could watch that episode without shedding many a tear, and I know there are plenty of fans with me who felt completely crushed while the cast of a special show paid tribute to one of their own who was taken away.
It has been about a year and a half since the trajectory of Glee was thrust into an unwelcome, uncertain turn. I thought Glee was over for good last year (and, of course, cried about it), and was so happy to find that they came back this year!
Knowing that it was really about to be the end, I have been hanging on to the precious last few new Glee episodes in my Hulu queue. I think for the rest of the world the show ended a few weeks ago, but I stretched out the anticipation of the last few episodes for a few more weeks.
The second to last episode, “2009”, finally brought closure to the loss of the person who played Finn for me.
In true Glee form, they perfectly did justice to Finn’s short time at McKinley and beyond, and brought Glee fans back to a time when the magic that is Glee had barely started.
It was purely joyful when they panned up to his face, like he was in 2009 (which sounds way more recent than it is), belting out “Don’t Stop Believing” with Rachel, Kurt, Tina, Artie, and Mercedes. At first I thought they were splicing him in with the present-day cast. But it was perfect to revisit where it all started.
And now, I know I will be able to go back and start watching Glee again from the beginning. I used to stop the show to write down the inspiring things the characters said. I’m sure I missed some, so I can’t wait to go back and re-live the inspiration I might have missed!
I will always love Glee. Like I still love Full House. I understand that the show pushed some topics that probably made some people uncomfortable. But comfort zones are boring and stifling anyway.
“Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.”
I have found so much joy and happiness in the show’s “follow your dreams” theme. That show got me through a lot of feeling somewhat empty and like there was more, even as an adult. And I know I am not alone in saying I was changed for the better by people who were willing to say you can do anything.
What can I say, I’m a Gleek, and always will be. It had to come to an end sometime, but I will forever be inspired by a show that encouraged people to follow their dreams.
And someday when I have kids, I will do everything I can to encourage them to find what they love doing and figure out how to make their living doing what they love, no matter what that is. And that is all.
Are you a Gleek? What shows inspire you? I would love to know, so please share your thoughts!