Claudia Barretto Shares How Slowing Down, Being More Present Made Her Life More Purposeful

The 22-year-old got candid about her growth in the past year.
by Cass Lazaro   |  Nov 20, 2021
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Juggling school and a music career, it’s not surprising to know that Claudia Barretto always has a jampacked schedule. Then came the pandemic, which put a halt to her day-to-day deliverables, allowing her to spend more time at home. “I get so afraid to admit that I grew so much and I learned so much as a person in the past year because I feel like it’s so unfair that it’s good for me,” the 22-year old shares in her guesting on Hannah Pangilinan’s Kwentos With Hannah podcast.

The two, who have been good friends since they were little kids, had a meaningful hour-long discussion on ~all things life~, from growing amid a pandemic to rediscovering their purpose.

Claudia, explaining how she’s afraid to be vulnerable with her growth, was honest to admit that she was coming from a place of privilege to be healthy and reconnect with herself. “I had the time, I could use that time to be better because not everyone had that experience, but that’s the truth,” she muses.

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“Originally, when the whole quarantine started, and everything started happening, I was so afraid that my mental health was going to decline, but the complete opposite happened. I needed to block off a lot of the noise. And I started to read more, I started to write more, I started to think more.”

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The time she spent slowing down, despite all its strangeness, allowed her to seek purpose in all the things she does. Claudia further shares: “It became like, okay, I have time. I will read for as long as I want, I will listen to this podcast without spacing out, like full attention. And when I worked, when I wrote songs, or essays, or poems, or whatever, I was just present.”

“It became more purposeful and the things that I was doing with myself became fulfilling.”

It looks like her newfound lifestyle has been instrumental to Claudia’ successes, given her numerous milestones this year. In June, her mom Marjorie Barretto took to Instagram to proudly share that Claui is an honor student in Ateneo, where’s she’s currently taking up Psychology. Claudia also launched a new single this year in collaboration with indie singer-rapper Curtismith, entitled Nothing To Do.

FYI, Claudia also hosts her own mental health-focused podcast series MINDGAMES, in partnership with Mental Health PH.

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You can watch the whole episode here:

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