She had a quiet, slightly tremulous voice and a genuinely modest, self-effacing demeanour. Underneath that gentle exterior, however, was a woman of passionate conviction.From Jane Sullivan's obituary for Pamela Bone in tomorrow's Age. And these are the closing lines from Pamela's book Bad Hair Days:
[T]hat is about all I can say to you too. Don't put it off. Allow yourself to be happy. This, now, is it. This is life. Love it, now.
I say this to you too. Don't give up on people, ever. People, and this life, are the only guaranteed things we have.
Some time ago I read a piece of advice for people who have incurable cancer. It seemed at once very simple and very profound. It said: 'yes, you are going to die, but until you do, you are alive'.
So that's what I'm doing. Being alive.