On Glee

Share Your Glee: My Life to the Tune of Glee

By S.R. Johannes

Even though I’m in my thirties, Glee appeals to that teen hiding somewhere inside me. The first time I watched the show, it not only validated the way I viewed my entire high school existence–it was hard, unfair at times and just plain awkward–but also made my teen years look like a total breeze.

Instead of sticky slushies, mean-spirited teachers, and unplanned pregnancies,
my threats were spitballs, glued lockers, bad hair days, and unreciprocated
crushes. One saving grace was that, like Quinn, in addition to loving my time in glee club, I found myself on the varsity cheerleading squad.

Part geek, part cool.

More importantly, Glee has made me realize my life, like a movie or an episode of the show, has a unique soundtrack that symbolizes the important events: a personal musical. Today, when I look back, I can pinpoint a song that represents each important milestone for me. Lyrics that describe my individual
journey.

Basically, I can sum up my life in less than a thousand notes.

When I was little, it was Kermit singing “The Rainbow Connection.” As a teen, it was “Let’s Hear it for the Boys.” When I started college, it became
“Welcome to the Jungle.” My first job could only be summarized as “Opportunities” by the Pet Shop Boys. When I got married, “Someone Like You” swept me off my feet. Now, as I embark on my dream of being a published
writer, “The Climb” strikes just the right chord.

Every day, every event in my  …

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