Thanks For The Glee-mories: Sarah’s Glee Goodbye

Credit: Fox
Credit: Fox

When I was younger I was always the weird one. The one who loved musical theatre, played trombone in the high school band, went to punk rock shows on the weekend and was a bit of a science nerd. I had friends, but I always felt like I was living two lives. The one everyone saw, and the real me.

As I grew up and well into adulthood, I was still the weird one. I had the outward persona that everyone knew and the inner one that was just me. The two paths never crossed and while some people began to realise I was a little odd, they never questioned it or sought out the truth.

I was just Sarah, and people tolerated me.

Then came Glee.

We all know I started watching because of Darren Criss, that’s never been a secret. I was (and still am) a huge fan of StarKid and when Darren joined the show, I joined too.

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From watching that first episode (2×06), I knew I had found something different, something special. A show that wasn’t afraid to tell stories that stuck in our minds and our hearts. A show that didn’t shy away from the difficult, the awkward or the seldom talked about. This was a show about acceptance. About being true to yourself and not being afraid to be who you truly were despite what others around you wanted you to be. A show that celebrated being different, being unique and being special.

I quickly realised that if this was how I felt, then surely there would be others out there who felt the same. I never expected to be as right as I was.

I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say I expanded my Twitter horizons, and soon I was connecting with people from all over the world who were as invested in this TV show as I was. I have “met” people from all comers of the globe who I can relate to on one basic level, there was something about Glee that changed us.

So this is my Glee goodbye… This is where I stand up and say thank you to the cast and crew of a television show who have enriched my life. People I have never, and most likely will never meet to be able to say it to their faces. Because of you I have become myself, both inside and out. Because of you I have met and become friends with people who love me and accept me, idiosyncrasies and all. Because of you I’m happier than I have ever known myself to be. Because of you the world we live in has been irrevocably changed for the better. Because of you I know that my son can grow up in a world of understanding and tolerance. Because of you there are people all over the world who have had the courage to stand up and say “This is who I am and I’m ok with that”. Because of you there is an entire generation who who have been exposed to a multitude of different types of music they otherwise would have been oblivious to. And because of you I will be able to watch the finale sitting next to two of my best friends, both of whom I met, you guessed it, because of you.

You did that. You made all of that possible. And believe me, I don’t say this lightly, Glee changed the world.

To everyone else Glee was just a TV show, to us Glee was a lifeline.

To the cast, crew, creators, writers, and anyone else who has ever been a part of Glee, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.


Sarah Goddard

Sarah Goddard is the Senior Managing Editor of 4 Your Excitement. In addition to 4YE, she worked at PopWrapped as a Content Editor. Sarah is the mother to a wonderful 5 year old son, nurturing his passion for the arts with her work. Sarah can be found on twitter, sharing her love and her rants on some of her favorite pop culture topics. Sarah considers herself a Gleek and often covers Glee related pieces for 4YE.
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