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Ruth Bader Ginsburg – The “Notorious RBG” – A Great Retirement Rebel

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – The “Notorious RBG” – A Great Retirement Rebel

By Mike Drak

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently… because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

I love learning about bad-ass people in their sixties, seventies, and eighties who have ripped up the old retirement rule book on aging and retirement. I fondly refer to them as Retirement Rebels, as they refuse to follow the old-fashioned beliefs about “old people” and traditional retirement.

Retirement rebels are authentic and live their values.

They are fully transparent – what you see is what you get. They are comfortable with themselves just the way they are. They’re straightforward and honest and are not afraid to voice their opinions and tell it like it is, if they think something is wrong. They have little patience for putting up with a lot of nonsense. They don’t feel sorry for themselves and never feel they are a helpless victim of circumstance. It there’s a problem, they solve it.

They refuse to let chronological age constrain and limit their perspective on what is possible. They enjoy breaking rules and traditions just because they can. They never allow the opinions of others keep them from chasing their dreams.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RGB) is a great retirement rebel role model.

She was a trailblazer, a champion for the equality of all people and a hero in the struggle for women’s rights. She was a champion of race and gender equality and spent a lifetime rebelling against adversity and fought against gender discrimination, not just for women but men as well.

She also captured the imagination of a new generation. Young people both men and women, praising her fierceness and determination, deemed her the “Notorious RBG.”.

RGB wasn’t scared of failure and would never give up the good fight.

While she was a small woman physically and soft-spoken she was a fearless fighter until the end. She fought through cancer multiple times and until the 2018 term, she had not missed a day of oral arguments, not even when she was undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, after surgery for colon cancer, or the day after her husband passed away in 2010.

Her mission was to help the country hang onto the societal gains and equality for which she had fought and to accomplish this she ended up voting more than once from her hospital bed.

If that isn’t grit I don’t know what is.

RBG inspires me to keep going to the gym and exercising my mind as well as my body so that I can keep living fully.

Ruth loved to workout out on a regular basis at the gym with her long time personal trainer Bryant Johnson. With a soundtrack of opera playing in the background Ruth would lift weights, do pushups and planks while wearing her sweater with the words “Super Diva” on it. Ruth liked to do things her way and she did it with style.

RBG loved her work, and worked right up to the end. Like most retirement rebels she lived her life on her own terms rather than succumb to the status quo to conform and retire.

Watching her in action taught me to never be satisfied and to stop acting my age, whatever that is supposed to mean. She taught me to keep swinging for the fences until I can’t swing anymore.

Even though her death reminded me that we’re all going to die one day she also reinforced that we don’t have to go out quietly. She worked and fought the good fight right up to the end and all I can hope for is to be able to do the same.

She will be sadly missed.

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Mike Drak

Author, Retirement Coach and Public Speaker at Victory Lap Retirement
Mike Drak is a thirty-eight year veteran of the financial services and lives with his wife Melina in Toronto, Canada. Mike is the Author of the best-selling book Victory Lap Retirement and also an award winning blogger, retirement coach and public speaker. Mike has also appeared on BNN, CBC Radio and iHeart radio.