Remembering the Old Glee

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“Look, all we have going for us is that we believe in ourselves and what we’re singin’ about. If we can show the judges that, we might have a shot at this thing.” – Finn to the glee club, Glee Season 1: Episode 13 “Sectionals”

Ever since I heard about Cory Monteith’s death I have been slightly heartbroken for Glee. Cory Monteith played Finn on Glee. I realize not everyone is a Gleek like me, but those who are will understand.

I have always really enjoyed reading fiction that occasionally provides a moment of inspiration: a line, a realization by one of the characters to be a better person, words of advice. Other TV shows and movies also provide us profound guidance once in a while as well. But Glee took it to a whole new level. Since the first season of Glee, I have been inspired by the characters, songs, and story lines. I am not alone in this.

I know I didn’t know Cory Monteith, but everyone who loved Glee fell in love with his character, and for him to be in a real life relationship with Lea Michele (Rachel on Glee)…she is such an amazing inspiration as well, and I am so sad for her. She has given so much, and to have so much taken away from her just doesn’t seem fair. He gave so much too – they all did. They have brought me to tears with their words of inspiration.

They have done so much good in the world – they took a high school show and made people fall in love with the outcasts – they made being an outcast, an original, cool. They even made being in a wheelchair cool! and accepted. They made being different not only okay, but worth aspiring towards.

I know life isn’t all bananas and pajamas, and it is a TV show – not real life. They glamorize taking a stand and being different and unique despite the disapproving opinions of others. I recently watched the documentary Bully, which documents the devastating effects of bullying in schools. Glee is meant to entertain – and in some ways is very idealistic, whereas the way things really are can be much more bleak.

But even so, I fell in love. Even if it is not just like real life, isn’t that the point anyway? They made us love them because they made us want to be more like them, with their passion for their dreams. They helped us to see pieces of ourselves and the people we want to be through their work. They showed us what it means to be authentic – something that many of us struggle with daily. They showed us what it is to be hurt, heartbroken, scared, judged. And then they stood up, and fought back. And made us feel like we could fight back too – that we could take a stand for ourselves in our own lives.

Just watch the concert movie if you need proof that Glee has helped bring people together in new ways that they might not have otherwise experienced. Glee has made the world a better place for being in it – what more could we ask for?

When the news of Cory Monteith’s death sunk in, I realized that Glee will never be the same. It will never be what it was. There is too much passion and love infused for this loss to go unnoticed. And it is a show that will eventually run its course – he is a person who will never age past 31. His girlfriend is a person who lost her love. And these are just two people experiencing loss. We lose people everyday, and I don’t mean to diminish the significance of any other life lost. This tragedy just struck me (as it did many people) because there was so much given from one person, one cast, to millions, and we lost an amazing inspiration in this world.

But he did leave a major impact on the world. We are reminded to live life and love to the fullest, and to take care in our choices. Glee may go on and continue to be inspiring, but there will always be a big gaping hole where Finn used to walk.

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