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Sunday, July 1, 2012

How I Learned to (Sort of) Stop Worrying and Love the Monchele

As it's been a while since I've written, I hope all is well with you all and that you've been enjoying the summer so far. I've been taking some time for myself, and having wrapped up my Glee analysis last month, it's been really great.

It turns out I am not the only one reaping the benefits of a summer hiatus. Having spent the past three years powering the show, the Glee cast seems to have been given the opportunity to step back a bit, regroup and determine their own futures within the show. And I have to say, I'm a little jealous!

Cue Ben Folds' "For all the Pretty People." 
Notably, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, who have spent the past three years portraying the show's famously star-crossed lovers Rachel and Finn, appear to have embarked upon a romance of their own! While I was familiar with news that the two were dating, in the weeks since they wrapped up filming I suddenly found my Internet feeds filled with photos of them traveling the world, seeming to be blissfully in love.

It may sound silly, but I've found myself at times reduced to a volatile mess when hearing of "Monchele's" latest escapades. As someone who's always taken pride in my ability to embrace singledom, these feelings have been particularly disheartening. I'm not supposed to care about things like dating! I'm different!

Ultimately, though, I've come to recognize them for what they really represent: acceptance of my own emotional vulnerability. That perhaps I'm not immune to wanting a relationship, however far off that may be. And that it doesn't mean I'm a lesser person for asking those questions. I stand by who I am and the choices I've made, and that's what matters.

So, after some weeks of soul-searching, I've become able to appreciate that these beautiful, charming, and kind co-stars are happy together. Ultimately, there's little else I can do. So congratulations, you two! Can't wait to see what's next.

For fans who are particularly interested in this story, I've posted some additional thoughts here.