Two days before the New Year, actress Maxene Magalona took to social media to look back on the past year.
On Instagram, Maxene posted a photo of herself in Bali, Indonesia, which has served as her home since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the caption, she wrote: "'Go girl, keep on shining! Go girl, keep on shining! You gotta trust yourself. You know you can do it, yeah that’s all it takes! Set your spirit free!' These were the lyrics of the song from one of the first TV commercials that I did back when I was 15 years old. Little did I know that ‘setting my spirit free’ would actually be one of the best things that I could’ve ever done for myself this year.
"For many of us, this pandemic has definitely brought so much fear, anxiety and more trauma. I remember being in a very negative state when we first got stranded here. My default reaction to stress was to panic, pinpoint problems, find fault in every situation and just dwell on negativity. I would focus on my problems so much that most of my time was spent either getting irritated or complaining," she said.
However, taking a yoga teacher training course helped her to stay calm and centered in the midst of chaos, according to Maxene.
"Thanks to my practice, I was able to overcome negativity because my main intention for coming to Bali in the first place was to focus on my healing. I promised myself that I would no longer give in to fear, anxiety or any of the other symptoms brought about by my mental health condition because I knew that these were all holding me back from reaching my full potential," she said.
Maxene said that while this year has been a tough one, she remains grateful for all the lessons it has taught her.
"It made me realize that I’ve been a prisoner of my own fears and traumas that I haven’t given myself permission to just be. I’ve been wearing a mask and putting on a front just so that I could gain other people’s approval. I’ve been disrespecting and dishonoring my own soul just to be accepted by society," she said.
"2020 truly is the year of clear vision and I’m so glad that I’m finally able to see through all of my shadows with a fresh and honest perspective," she continued. "I see myself, I see my soul and I see my light. Now, I can finally breathe and set my spirit free."