If there’s one thing that Heart Evangelista learned while in quarantine, it is the art of getting rid of some things in her life, whether this was stress or material possessions.
Heart, along with Iza Calzado, Glaiza de Castro and Max Eigenmann were asked by YouTube vlogger Denise Mallabo on the skills they had mastered during the lockdown in the episode titled “Drinks with the GCQ”.
The four were asked, “What skill have you perfected during this quarantine?”
“The art of letting go,” Evangelista immediately quipped.
“Yeah, because ano ako, with material, with emotions, with all of that, ano kasi, makimkim ako, eh. Parang I keep everything, ‘yung love, ‘yung pressure,” she said.
(Yeah, because I hold on to materials, emotions. I keep everything, even love and pressure.)
Relating that she already had “bad anxiety” before the lockdown, she shared how she developed “burning mouth syndrome.”
“Your tongue is burning, your palate is burning and there’s no cure,” she said.
“I went to seven doctors and I had numb hands, numb feet because parang masyado akong nape-pressure sa lahat (I felt I was too pressured by everything).”
During the lockdown, Evangelista said mental health became more of a priority.
“Although I would still deal with pressure during the lockdown, but because I felt that I had to survive, parang my mental health is so important,” she said. “Parang iyon na ang kayamanan (It’s like that is the treasure), peace of mind.”
With that, she “had to master the art of letting go.”
“So I let go of any kind of stress, any kind of pain and I just lift it up,” she said.
“I also mastered, you know, letting go of my old stuff, re-purposing it for… a better cause. And I don’t need so many things,” she explained.
Going through this process, Evangelista let go of some of her luxurious possessions.
“So, I got rid of half of my closet and I feel good about that,” she revealed. “Ang sarap ng feeling na gumaan ‘yung buhay ko. (It’s good to feel that my life has become lighter).”
“So for me, I think the lockdown, it’s sad that everything is happening but then again there is a purpose for everything,” she mused.
“And I feel for people that are struggling with certain issues, we needed that pause in life and I really feel that, I feel like I relaunched the new me during this lockdown and a big part of it was the art of letting go.”
That said, Calzado could only agree. “That’s wonderful, Heart,” she said.
Calzado also shared her own thoughts on Evangelista’s realizations.
“It’s right. In life you know we have to let go of things that no longer serve us… relationships, things that no longer serve us,” she said.
“They may have served us before, you know, you can’t discount that there was a purpose before, but if it no longer serves you then let go.” NVG