Last weekend, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly at the age of 79. Although I cannot say that I followed Scalia or the goings on of the Supreme Court, the announcement of his death caught my attention. What caught my eye was one of the many stories circling around about Scalia, a staunch conservative, and his friendship with fellow Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a liberal.
Scalia and Ginsberg were an unlikely pair; they had very different views when it came to the law. However, they formed a bond and relationship while working together over the years. It was a friendship based on mutual respect and admiration.
When the media reported this, it touched my heart. I am moved by the thought of two people – who may not agree on anything – having the ability to work together and build lasting friendships.
To me, that is what life is about.
Putting down that last drink years ago improved my life in many different ways. It wasn’t all about the party anymore; it was about me figuring out who I am and what is important to me. I believe that the true gifts of life are time and genuine, lasting friendships! When I drank it felt like I wished time away and I never wanted to live in the moment, which included treasuring my friendships.
Two years ago, I lost one of my best friends and no day goes by that I don’t think about her. That’s why, today, I make an effort to stay in the moment and cherish all of the great friendships I have and remember the ones that I have lost.
Rest in peace Antonin Scalia, and sincerest condolences to Ruth for her loss.