Sometimes we put our stars in a pedestal so high that we forget that these stars are still human beings capable of feeling things that we also feel. Yes, they feel the same things that we feel. They feel happiness, sadness, and fear, just like us. They also go through the same crises that we go through – financial crisis, emotional crisis, and midlife crisis, among others.
They do question themselves like we do. They ask whether this is it for them. Is what they did enough? Is it all that they can do? Is this all that I can be? This is what midlife crisis is for us and for them.
Piolo Jose Nonato Pascual, or simply Piolo Pascual, is a Filipino film and television actor, singer, model, and producer.
He was born on January 12, 1977. He turned 40 last 2017. It was then that he felt that he wanted to quit showbiz. He said, “I wanted to quit before because burnt out, eh, sobrang pagod, wala ka nang oras sa sarili mo. I was turning 40 back then.”
“Iniisip mo kung ano ba ‘yung worth ng buhay mo and I was really going through something that time. Gusto ko lang malaman kung saan ako pupunta, you know. Mid-life ‘yun, eh. Talagang crossroads sa akin ‘yun. I thought I wanted to quit,” he added.
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He was not able to push through with this decision because his network asked him to renew his contract with them. They wouldn’t let him quit.
He said that his crisis lasted for six months. He took some time off to reflect on his life. He was asking himself whether that was the end of his showbiz career. This time off made him realize that he could do more.
“And I realized na hindi pa naman siguro. It was humbling for me to accept the fact na hindi pa ako tapos sa ginagawa ko. So, now, hindi na siya (quitting showbiz) sumasagi sa isip ko but I feel more inclined towards doing something else, not just really focusing on acting but also producing and partnering with other, let’s say, ‘yung magagandang pwedeng maging content.”
Piolo had been producing films since 2009. This films were “Manila”, “Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme”, “Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme”, “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel”, “Kita Kita”, and “Meet Me in St. Gallen”. These films were a hit.
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Piolo managed to get through his midlife crisis and get out of it stronger than before. He did not let this crisis to overpower him, instead he use it to push himself to do more.