Something Pansy Found 2 Lifetimes Ago

Today, it’s about my fitness heroine Pansy Palmetto, a.k.a. Nancy Fish. This vibrant, inspiring, and mouthy woman succumbed to cancer on¬†January 18, 2011¬†after many, many years of a flamboyantly determined effort to “kick cancer’s ass.”

I met Pansy on bikejournal.com, and wrote her saying “I gotta be your friend, I wanna be just like you!” I followed her on bikejournal but didn’t get to know her well personally. She inspired me to add more leopard print items to my cycling apparel.

Lessons I’ve learned from Pansy and from reading her writing, blogs and posts on bikejournal:
  • Stay active no matter what else is going on in your life.
  • Pursue your passions no matter what else is going on in your life.
  • Spend time with people and get to know them, before it’s too late.
  • Be as wild, crazy, outrageous and flamboyant as you want to be.
  • Wear colorful clothing so they can’t say they “didn’t see you” in a court of law.
  • Be opinionated and write about it. People will love you for it.
  • Don’t be afraid to be so hot that potential mates need asbestos gloves.
  • Never give up.
Thank you Pansy. Keep on kickin’ ass.

Something Pansy Found 2 Lifetimes Ago

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
But to be fearless in facing them.

Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,

But for the heart to conquer it.

Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield,

But to my own strength.

Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved,

But hope for the patience to win my freedom.

Grant me that I may not be a coward,

Feeling your mercy in my success alone,

But let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

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