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PopWrapped's Project Cory: Remembering Cory Monteith -Pt. Two

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07/21/2013 3:09 am
PopWrapped's Project Cory: Remembering Cory Monteith -Pt. Two

Erika Rivera


Senior Editor

Bec Heim


Managing Editor

Nicole MacDowell


Staff Writer

We here at PopWrapped are pleased to keep honoring our jukebox hero, Gleek and overall ultimate kind spirit, Cory Monteith. A life definitely that was taken too soon from us, Cory Monteith has left an indelible mark on our hearts and souls. 

We are continuing our celebration of Cory’s AMAZING life, work, & public service, instead of focusing on his tragic & untimely passing with this second part.

For Cory:

"Dust In The Wind"

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams, pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind
Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do, crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind, All we are is dust in the wind

Don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away, all your money won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind, All we are is dust in the wind
(Kansas)

Bec Heim: Acceptance

Cory once said “Just be you. That’s good enough for me”.

When I think about Cory Monteith as a person one word springs to mind above all else: accepting.

Cory did not seem like the kind of guy who judged. He was just there. He loved his fans in all their shapes and sizes. He loved people. He understood people and accepted them. It was probably because he was so acutely aware of his own flaws that he was able to just not care too much about other peoples.

Cory knew that people were not perfect. It was part of what made him so amazing. He admitted his own flaws and tried to overcome them. Through charity, he also tried to reach out to people and do the same.

Richard Branson in a post for The Huffington Post wrote: We’ll never forget watching him on the streets in Canada working with homeless teenagers and with organizations like Foyer in the UK, inspiring and giving a lifeline of hope to young people who were overwhelmed that he took the time to walk beside them to listen and share his own story.”

He never judged. Well he judged but he judged injustice.

 His tweet at the announcement that Prop 8 was declared unconstitutional was:

 

His fans loved him. His sweet nature, his warmth, his approachability made it easier for those people to go up and ask for a hug or an autograph.

Cory Monteith was an amazing human being who seemed to love and accept those around him.

I think that’s why Finn’s story is just so compelling.

Finn’s journey is a journey of acceptance. The acceptance of others, the acceptance of himself, the acceptance of dreams, the acceptance of love, the acceptance of truth…Finn has had to do a lot of acceptance over the years.

Finn was the middle-American teenage boy who has never really been exposed to discrimination. He was tall and popular and good at sports. He stood by while his peers bullied those lesser than them. He was the character who, in the beginning, was most resistant to glee club.

He would have taken any way out that he could of.

But when he realized how much he was hurting himself in the process, all the way back in the first episode he started to change. 

He’s had to accept his stepbrother whether it was Kurt’s feelings for him or that the treatment of his brother is unfair. He’s had to face down bullies. He’s had to accept his mom moving on and the truth of his Dad’s death. 

Finn had to learn to accept people for all their faults, for all their weaknesses, for all their blindness.

He is, arguably, one of the characters who has had the greatest growth. He had changed from a jock who didn’t really think to a young teacher who wanted his students to love themselves.

The scene I picked is from season four, episode five’s “The Role You Were Born To Play”. I feel like this speaks how far Finn had come as a character. He’s talking with Unique and telling her that he will fight for her to be Rizzo. Unique describes how lost she feels and how lonely she feels and Finn just listened.

He wasn’t disgusted. He wasn’t trying to shove everything back. He listened to Unique. He was there for Unique. He couldn’t fix it but it felt comforting. He wasn’t caring about what anyone thought. If Unique Adams was the best person for Rizzo, then dammit he was going to do anything he could to get her there.

It just showed how much Finn had come. It’s one of my favorite thirty seconds of Glee ever.

Finn was a refuge in the crazy drama of Glee. He was a character who was grounded in reality, who was stabilizing.

It’s hard to imagine the show without his presence, his quiet acceptance. It’s hard to imagine not seeing anymore videos of Cory hugging fans, signing autographs, giving words of support.

The best thing, I think, we can do is try to be as accepting as Cory was. We need to recognize our own faults. We need to love people in spite of theirs.

I think the legacy of Cory Monteith should be one of love and acceptance. I think us Gleeks should try to spread that around a little bit more.

Let that be the legacy Cory leaves behind instead of the tragedy of his death.

Nicole MacDowell: Growing Into A Man

It takes guts to become a part of something new. It takes bravery to face your adversaries. But it takes true strength to rise from the bottom and become a true leader. As Finn Hudson, Cory Monteith did just that. He had his share of high school hardships on the show, but for me, his moment to truly shine came in season four.

When I heard that Finn was going to be taking charge of the Glee club, I was ecstatic. I knew that after losing Rachel and being lost after graduation getting this opportunity would help him grow and realize what he truly wanted. As a student, he wasn’t academically strong; most of his strength was on the football field. Being thrown into a leadership position would be a challenge that would change him.

I saw the biggest change when they lost Regionals because Marley got sick. He knew how disappointed the members were and he could see that. Where most mentors would give a pep talk, he cheered them up in true Glee fashion: with a song.

The song, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House, is all about how you can’t act like it’s the end of the world. When Finn begins singing it alone in the snow with only Marley by his side, it shows the lonely boy who once was at the bottom and felt alone, and the only person he felt he really connected to was Rachel. As the members of New Directions join him, it shows him finding his place. It’s representative of Finn finding his true family and his true calling. It also crosses over to Cory because he found a family in Glee. He found a place where he could be himself and not be judged, both on and off screen. You can view the video below.

This song, this moment in time was when Finn truly became the man I always knew he could be. He took charge and reminded everybody that no matter how rough times may get, you have to keep dreaming for something to change.

Finn Hudson, you will eternally live on in both the halls of McKinley and within the hearts of every Gleek on Earth.

Check back with us tomorrow for Parts 3 and 4 of Project Cory and be sure to share with us some of your favorite Cory memories!

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