11 Things We Learned From "Glee"

11 Things We Learned From "Glee"

Life lessons from the FOX dramatic phenomenon.

"Glee" was a musical comedy/drama that aired on the Fox local station for about six years, and focused on the lives of high school students who were all members of the Glee Club or Show Choir at William McKinley High School. The show subtly focused on a lot of social issues and preached a message of accepting differences. All of the characters in "Glee" were kids who faced a lot of pressure to fit in when they naturally stood out. "Glee", unfortunately for it's wide range of fans, ran its last season in 2015 after the tragic and unexpected death of beloved cast member, Cory Monteith who played football star and male lead in the Glee Club, Finn Hudson. Though one could watch an episode of Glee and just enjoy the music, there were a ton of lessons that viewers could also learn when they were tuning in to the show. Here are eleven of my favorites.

1. Everyone has their own story.

Sue Sylvester, coach of the Cheerio's and possibly the Glee Club's biggest hater is often viewed as a villain, especially in the first few episodes of the show. Sue allows a girl with Downs Syndrome to be a part of the Cheerios, and many question her motive, especially when she is just as hard on her as she is the other cheerleaders. It isn't until Sue loses her older sister who lived with Downs Syndrome, that many realized that her life was not perfect and that she was surrounded by a lot of sadness.

2. Always be the very best version of yourself.

Kurt Hummel, amazing talent and the show's first openly gay character, faced a lot of bullying and lack of acceptance/understanding, especially in the first few episodes of the show. Kurt tried many times to change himself to gain the approval of his father, his fellow Glee Club members, or even himself. After he tried just about everything in the book, including joining the football team and dating girls, Kurt discovered that he was nothing if he tried to be anything but himself.

3. Everyone is beautiful.

Coach Beiste, female football coach, was teased for her manly appearance by many members of the cast including Mr. Schuester. She really struggled with her own self confidence and feared that she would never find love because of her appearance, and gets herself into a domestically violent relationship out of desperation. After removing herself from the situation and getting help, Coach Beiste realizes that she is beautiful the way that she is.

4. Sass is powerful.

Santana and Mercedes, two of the sassiest cast members, are also two of the most powerful female characters. These two do anything to get what they want and always have an answer for any problem. It's also clear that others know not to mess with these two, who are never afraid to tell it like it is.

5. When in doubt, sing.

Singing was a way of life for the members of the McKinley High School Glee Club. Whenever they didn't know what to do, or how to help a member of the team who may be struggling, they always communicated best through song.

6. Reach for the stars.

Rachel Berry only had one goal in life, to be a star. She knew that through drive and determination that she would one day live her dream. No spoilers or anything, but Rachel did end up doing what she wanted to do, and it all started with her gold star sticker on the Glee Club sign up list.

7. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.

The Glee Club had to compete numerous times and suffer many heartbreaking losses before finally winning Nationals. With their hard work and determination, New Directions achieved their goals and became a group of McKinley High School's coolest people. None of that would have happened, though, if they had given up after that regional competition at the end of season one.

8. Even a "bad boy" can do the right thing.

Noah Puckerman, affectionately known as Puck, had to work pretty hard to lose his "bad boy" reputation. After getting Quinn Fabray pregnant, Puck tried his best to be there for her and to change the image that he had made for himself. He ended up to be one of the most compassionate characters on the show.

9. You're never too old to find your calling.

Mr. Schuester attended McKinley High as a student and then returned to teach Spanish. He was a member of the Glee Club in his glory days, and by the time he returned to the school, the club had dissolved. After reigniting the club, Schuester realized that he was meant to be the director for the show choir and live up to his director's legacy.

10. A first love is a permanent memory.

Not only were Rachel and Finn a fan favorite couple, the actors who portrayed them, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were very much in love and had plans to get married. It's no question that Cory's death-and Finn's in the show- hit all of us "Gleeks" pretty hard. As successful and famous as Rachel ended up becoming in the end of the series, she never forgot Finn Hudson, who was her first love.

11. Family is forever.

The characters in "Glee" all ended up going down different paths, but they never forgot each other. No matter where they went in life, when they were all back together in the auditorium where they sang together for the first time, they knew that they were home.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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20 Things Only Seattleites Will Understand

It's socially acceptable to put your gum on a wall for decoration, wear socks with Birkenstocks, and take a casual stroll in the rain.


You're probably not from the Greater Seattle Area if any of the below surprise you:

1. How to pronounce Issaquah, Puyallup, Sequim, Mukilteo, and Snohomish.

Mukilteo Lighthouse


If you're curious, it's is-uh-cwa, pew-al-up, s-kwim, muh-kill-tea-oh, and snow-hoe-mih-sh.

2. The sheer terror one inch of snow can bring to a population.


Winter is simply not our season.

3. Being from Seattle (but not really from Seattle).


Where are you from? Snohomish. Where's that? A little bit Southeast of Everett. Where? Seattle. I live in Seattle.

4. RBIS.


Redbull Italian sodas are the MOVE. So good. Not really good for you, but really yummy nonetheless. They don't really look like this picture but you get the idea.

5. Swimming is an indoor sport.



6. Air conditioning is a luxury.


I think I know approximately 5 people with AC units in their houses. It's not because it never gets hot because it does but it's hot for like 2 seconds of the year.

7. Eastern and Western Washington are different countries.

Eastern Washington Palouse


It's kind of like Narnia once you've crossed the Cascades.

8. Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital doesn't exist.


I don't know if that's the most updated version of the hospital (no spoilers please), but regardless, Grey's Anatomy is very confused on the geography and overall layout of the city. But it's a good show, so whatever.

9. Socks & sandals.


I can't explain it, but it works... A fit for all seasons.

10. Tap water anywhere else is just not the same.


It's just... different. Not in a good way.

11. Honking is a sin.


Instead, politely smile and curse under your breath you let another terrible driver merge in front of you. Avoid the confrontation at all costs; save the horn for saying hi to those people that stand with signs on street corners.


Space Needle


Not many cities have a similar collective passion for not just one, but all, professional sports teams. Of course, the city's pride for 12s is something else.

13. If you use an umbrella, you're weak.


It's survival of the fittest out here.

14. Portland is JV Seattle.

Portland, Oregon


We were cool first.

15. The flannel lives on.


She knows what's up.

16. Dick's.


Get your head out of the gutter. It's a burger place.

17. Ferries are a common form of transportation.


Want to go see a drive in movie? Get some ice cream on Whidbey? Go to your cabin on the San Juans? Visit Sequim (ha)? Walk or drive on the ferry. Easy.

18. Lakes > beaches.


Nothing beats the mountains, wineries, boating, and cliff jumping opportunities on the lake. It's carefree, fresh water, and of course, beautiful.

19. Coffee.


Nobody really does it like we do, let's be real.

20. It doesn't actually rain thaaaaaat much.

I'm pretty sure there are a bunch of East Coast cities that get more rain than we do. It's just got that gloom that makes you feel like it might as well be raining, you know? Raise your hand if you're vitamin D deficient! Woo!

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