In the past year, there has been a rise in the number of YouTube vloggers who share content and vlogs about their daily lives. One of these is Julia Barretto’s older sister, Dani Barretto-Panlilio.
Dani’s channel, which has almost 300,000 subscribers, has become more active during the pandemic— she uploads videos on a weekly basis. And in her recent vlog, she had a sit-down, heart to heart to talk with her sister Julia where she asked her some questions she’d never asked her before. (Read: 3 Lessons We Can Learn From the Heartbreaking ‘Paubaya’ MV)
In the video, aptly titled “Questions I Never Asked Julia,” Julia shared some personal thoughts and lessons that had resonated with the viewers. Some of the lessons were ones that she had learned at a young age— having entered showbiz when she was just nine years old. Read below!
What Julia Barretto Learned: ‘The mind and heart are not always in sync’
When she was asked how her heart and mind were, Julia explained that the two were not in sync. “Honestly, most of the time, my mind and heart are not in sync,” the 23-year-old said, “Sa dinami-rami ng natutunan ko at a very young age, I think I’ve just become way too realistic.”
She explains that she used to be that person who lets her heart lead, but she somehow always end up in trouble. That’s why she’s learned to listen more to her mind and use it more to make decisions.
What Julia Barretto Learned: ‘Always be 40 steps ahead’
“The older you get, the more you think about the decisions you make,” Julia says. That’s why she says that her decision-making had changed over the years as she grew older. (Read: Liza Soberano and Gabriela Youth: Here’s What You Need to Know)
Julia explains that as you get older, you have to be more conscious of the decisions and choices you make— and you don’t make those choices abruptly just because your heart feels like it at the moment.
“It has to matter what my heart will feel today, tomorrow, the next week, the next month,” she shares, “You always have to be 40 steps ahead.”
What Julia Barretto Learned: ‘You have to compartmentalize things’
In the video, Dani asked Julia how she deals with the judgment from being in the public eye, saying that she admires how the younger Barretto is able to stay silent and not talk back amid the judgments thrown at her.
Julia explains that while it can be stressful, she has learned to “compartmentalize things” when it came to bashers and haters, and generally being in the public eye. “You have to compartmentalize things— what matters and what doesn’t…who doesn’t matter, and who matters,” she says.
“If we’re talking about judgments from people who have no significant role in my life, it really doesn’t bother me because what do [they] know about it?,” Julia explains, “But if we’re talking about judgments from people in my life, I’m just glad that I’ve become more picky with who I want to be in my life, because now I know that the judgments are always constructive and are always out of concern, to help me become a better person.”
What Julia Barretto Learned: ‘It’s important to choose who you surround yourself with’
Addressing the issues she’s faced in the past few years, Julia says she now finds it more difficult to trust people. While she says she still tries to see the good in people, Julia admits that she now has more barriers up before she lets anyone into her life. (Read: #HijaAko: Celebs Are Now Taking a Stand Against Harassment Online)
“It’s important who you surround yourself with,” the actress says. “It matters. Your energy, your thoughts, your goals, your dreams. Every person you meet, they have a contribution to the person you become.”
Julia adds that we sometimes unconsciously become influenced by the people around us, and that’s why it’s important that we surround yourself with good people who have good influences.