A pop culture icon and activist for environmental and animal rights, Olivia Newton-John bravely shared her three-decade battle with cancer.
Olivia was born in England and emigrated to Australia as a child. She achieved early success in music competitions and sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She shot to global fame when she was cast as Sandy in the musical Grease.
After receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer, Olivia became a leading advocate for cancer research. In addition to promoting plant-based treatments and spearheading fundraising walks, she created the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Her philanthropic efforts were recognized by Queen Elizabeth in 2020.
Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away yesterday at the age of 73.
My favorite quotations from Olivia Newton-John:
I believe love is what makes the world go round. No matter how old or young, love is why we are here. It is the very essence of one’s being.
I love that quiet time when nobody’s up and the animals are all happy to see me.
I do have high standards, but I don’t expect anything from anyone that I don’t expect from myself.
We wake up and are grateful for the day. Not taking away from the pain, because the pain will be there. But you live on.
I look at my cancer journey as a gift: It made me slow down and realize the important things in life and taught me to not sweat the small stuff.
My biggest mistake was my best lesson…you don’t learn anything when everything is going perfectly.
My memories are inside me – they’re not things or a place – I can take them anywhere.
To ‘be loved’ is the most basic of human needs. Like a flower, it waters the human soul. But ‘to love’ is a true blessing.
Cancer got me over unimportant fears, like getting old.
Once you face fear, nothing is ever as hard as you think.
My favorite song