When There Are Nine

As much as I try to avoid making political posts, the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is something I must comment on.

RBG was my one and only political role model. She’s a meaningful icon. An inspiration. And her death is poignant to say the least. Most the time I find politicians to have a lot of bad qualities, act and speak with dishonesty, and would make for terrible role models. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, however, who has had political power and influence in one form or another for as long as I can remember has been someone that I aspire to be like…

I cried when I heard the news of her passing. Knee-jerk reaction made me yell, “NO!” in the middle of the sidewalk in a busy neighborhood, staring down at my phone at a text message that said, “RBG has passed away.”

She has done so much for women’s rights. She’s done so much for human rights. She has done so much to make this country more fair. More honest. More livable for every single person who resides within our borders. She was bold; she was brave; she was stubborn. Smart, educated, articulate, well-versed in all aspects of our government. And she served with unending, unyielding dedication. She is the type of person I aspire to be and yet know that I will never come anywhere near being… I will never be even a fraction as influential, persuasive, and inspiring as she was throughout her life and career. She was a force to be reckoned with. A tiny woman with a powerful mind. She believed that men and women were equals, and because of that she used the laws to make my life a more fair and enjoyable thing. She believed in the future of this country and that we as individuals should be given equal opportunity to achieved greatness. She believed in love and justice, hope and humanity.

For so so so so many reasons, both personal and political, I am pained at her passing. This country has taken a great loss. But more than anything, I am saddened to my soul that there is one less spark of tenacity and fire in this country. That there is one fewer lantern to light the way toward our future. So for today’s post, in honor of the notorious RBG, I want to say:

Raise your voice.

Educate others with veracity.

Demand to be heard.

And never give up hope.

We can not squander the future RBG worked so incredibly hard to secure for ALL of us.

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