Goodbye Glee: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

It wasn’t always perfect. 

Sometimes episodes weren’t written or executed properly. Sometimes they didn’t have the best continuity. Sometimes the character development was confusing. Sometimes I would throw up my hands and yell at the TV: “Why are the characters doing that?” “Why did you even attempt to cover that song. The original will always be better.” “That’s so out of character.” “That doesn’t make sense.” or “I could write that better.” And sometimes the story-lines were just all over the place.

But, since its very first season it has never failed to warm my music-loving, theatre-dork heart.

Glee brought happiness, music, fun, and entertainment into my life on a weekly basis and, for that, I am grateful.

So, thank you, Glee.

Thank you for tackling issues that young people deal with everyday and creating wonderful, complex characters that everyone can relate to. 

Thank you for being an influential force that started many a dialogue and helped break down barriers, stereotypes, and prejudice.

Thank you for being a cultural phenomenon that made it cool to be a nerd, a “loser,” and a break-into-song-and-dance musical theatre geek.

Thank you for reminding us to be nothing more and nothing less than the person we truly are. No shame. No pretending to be someone we’re not.  

Thank you for always showing us that true “Glee” is about finding and experiencing the joy in life.

Thank you, Glee, for 6 wonderful years!