Guest Column: My Authentic Self: Ruth Bader Ginsberg

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by Sue DeGregorio-Rosen, RN, CLNC, Assistant Editor

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Such a monumental loss to add to all that 2020 has demonstrated. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman that stood her ground, one who took risks, and never allowed popular opinion to sway her decisions, she wisely stood for the good of our people. For some reason, I was reminded of the day when as a part of a movement, Occupy Wall Street, we were evicted from Zuccotti Park, we chanted “we are the 99%”. I was reminded and because although it was a grounding experience, it is one I have experienced before, when I was younger and active in previous movements. Like Virginia Woolf called out ” The voice of protest is the voice of another ….we have been bred to enjoy and fight rather than to suffer and understand”. 

Boundaries, on the other hand, exist to keep me safe. They keep me healthy. Embracing my authentic self allows me to be who I am today. I do not dictate. I allow me those freedoms that I may otherwise be fearful to take. I have learned that when I stay grounded that I grow roots. I have learned that accepting failure can be very difficult, but that by accepting the fact that I may fail, I am willing to take risks. Justice Ginsburg was that woman who took those risks. 

And in solidarity and in unity, we will honor this elegant lady, that message will remain clear……..” If you can hear my voice If you can hear my voice, Move your heart just a little, Move your heart just a little”……….Hear my voice. xoxo

“Freedom is being you without anyone’s permission”