One thing I have always heard or read is that you should never meet your idols, as you'll only be disappointed when they are not what you expect them to be. This was something I took with me when I traveled to meet my idols at G4 2014, a Glee convention. Luckily for me, I ignored this piece of advice and had a whale of a time.
To me, Glee is so much more than just a program from the television. It introduced me to a massive amount of people I would not have met otherwise, and presented me with the chance to meet Darren Criss and dance at a karaoke party with Curt Mega and Dominic Barnes.
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Glee was the first thing I ever became a fan of. I have spent so many hours of my life watching this program. And probably just as many on Twitter connecting with other fans, discussing our favorite ships (Klaine, obviously), and freaking out over a song Glee was covering that week, listening to it so many times so we definitely knew the words by the time the episode aired and could sing along with the TV.
The latter end of 2013 was difficult for the Glee fandom, but we pulled together, supported one another and mourned Cory Monteith as a group. It was still a devastating loss, but together we were able to celebrate his life and be truly grateful for the show that brought us together.
I love so many songs from Glee (fun fact: the Warbler album was the first album I bought for my then-brand new iPod), but the one performance that still really stands out to me was Kurt's (Chris Colfer) "Rose's Turn." The passion and energy in Colfer's performance and the message of being yourself are just two reasons why I love it.
I cannot believe that it has been six years since Glee began, and that it is coming to an end. I would not be where I am today if it was not for Glee. I was 12 when the show started, and have grown up with it, teaching me about acceptance and the importance of being who you are, even if others do not appreciate it.
Kurt taught me to stay strong when life is trying to knock you down; Rachel taught me to be determined in order to reach my goals; Santana taught me to not take crap from anyone, but the importance of having friends to help you out. Every character within the show taught me something, and I cannot express enough gratitude to the actors and actresses that portrayed them.
In particular though, I want to thank Darren Criss, Max Adler, Curt Mega, and Dominic Barnes for proving to me that meeting your idols is not a negative thing, and to every single person involved in creating Glee, forimpacting so many people and the many lessons they have taught along the way.