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Happy birthday, Sarah G: '10 Life Lessons from the Popstar Royalty'

In celebration of her 26th birthday on July 25, we’re having a Sarah Geronimo weekend! In this special feature, we compile some of the best things we can learn from the singer-actress.

Rowena Joy Sanchez
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Rowena Joy Sanchez

7/25/2014 in News
Happy birthday, Sarah G: '10 Life Lessons from the Popstar Royalty'

Just like any regular human being, Sarah Geronimo has gone through tough times that tested her strength and principles.

With how blooming she is nowadays – though, of course, we also have Matteo Guidicelli to thank for that, – it’s safe to say that she’s weathered all those storms with the grace and humility many people admire her for.

In a sense, we must thank those who "broke" Sarah’s heart (not just romantically) because without them, she wouldn’t have learned these things she has shared in TV interviews and press conferences.

1. Everything happens for a reason.

“For you to be able to grow, you have to go through things that will make you mature as a person. ‘Yung lalawakan yung pananaw mo sa buhay… May purpose ang bawat isa kung bakit sila dumadaan, nag-exist sila or nawala sila sa buhay mo. Some people will teach you lessons that will make you grow as a person.”

2. Sometimes you must let things or people go for you to know how much they really mean to you.

"'Yung pagle-let go mo, doon mo makikita 'yung realization kung gaano ka-importante sa'yo ang isang tao, o ang isang bagay, kung ano talaga 'yung worth niya sa 'yo. Pwede kang mag-let go, pero doon mo makikita kung sino ang naiiba…” 3. No matter how much it hurts, love truly. "Natutunan ko, magmahal ka nang totoo, nang tama. Ngayon kung hindi niya suklian, ay, sorry. At least ako naging totoo ako sa 'yo, minahal kita nang totoo.”

4. Don’t be afraid to face problems.

Kailangan talagang pagdaanan ng kahit sinong tao, kahit sinong dalaga or lalake. Learn from yourself. Kailangan mong makita at matutunan iyon for yourself.”

5. Never let rejection faze you. (And as in Sarah’s case, countless of them – before she finally snagged the “Star for a Night” title in 2002.)

“…Nung na reject ako, nangyari ‘yung pag-uusap namin ng daddy ko. Umiiyak ako sa kanya, kasi ayoko na, pero nung kinausap niya ako, sabi niya, ‘Anak, ikaw ang talo ‘pag ikaw sumuko. Pangangatawanan mo ba ‘yung sinabi nila na ‘hindi ka pa man sumisikat laos ka na?’ Papatalo ka, anak?

"Napag-isip-isip ko, totoo nga naman, bakit nga naman ako magpapatalo?”

6. Listen to thy parents.

Importante pa rin po na ino-honor mo ang mga magulang mo at evident ‘yan every time na sinusunod mo sila na talagang ire-reward ka ng Diyos.”

7. Conquer your fears because you are bigger than them. (Fear such as going on a trip just with friends just like Sarah did with KC Concepcion when they flew to Brazil.)

Siyempre nung umpisa, ‘yung idea na ako lang mag-isa, natakot ako siyempre. Pero sabi ko I will take this challenge. Kailangan matuto na akong ma-conquer ang fear na ito kasi I’m not getting any younger.”

8. Even when the world is at your feet, always remember what really matters.

"[Ang advice ng mga magulang ko], 'Don't let fame change you.' Itong show business na ito, pwede niyang baguhin ang values mo, ang pananaw mo sa buhay, sa kahit ano. At mahirap iyon, kasi mahirap i-please ang mundo at ang Diyos nang sabay."

9. Sometimes, to have more is good. But sometimes, to have enough is better.

"Pagdating sa success mo, sa career mo, kung ano ang ibinibigay mo sa tao naibabalik sa yo, sobra-sobra pa. Dun ko siya tinitignan." 

"Siyempre may mga bagay na personal, na sa sarili lang natin ‘yun pero, tingnan mo na lang kung ano ‘yung sobra-sobrang ibinibigay sa 'yo ng Diyos. Reminder na 'di mo na kailangan maghanap pa...”

10. Appreciate happy moments but keep striving to get more from life. "Happiness is a choice. May mga bagay na pinagdadaanan tayo. Hindi ko matukoy kung happiest kasi marami pa tayong gustong mangyari sa buhay natin. Ako as a person ang dami-dami ko pang gustong i-improve sa sarili ko."

 

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