It's true that we get wiser as we grow older. Iza Calzado, who celebrated her 39th birthday on August 12, shared the wisdom she has gained as she turns a year older.
Posting her learnings on Instagram, Iza began her post by writing, "Thirty-nine. The past year has challenged me so much on so many levels yet here I am, alive and grateful to be so as I celebrate my birthday."
Iza continued, "One of the biggest lessons for me has been learning to embrace every aspect of my being, not just the qualities that I like but more so the ones that are difficult to love and accept. My imperfections and the shadows within. Practicing self-compassion has been helpful and I must say it made me become more compassionate towards others."
The birthday girl said that at the root of all this is self-love. "Working on having a better understanding of what it means to me. Working on my sense of self-worth, my being enough. Filling my cup first before giving to others. Only then can I truly be happy and have peace in my heart," Iza wrote.
The actress said that being aware of the darkness within and around her has allowed her to create more light. "Tapping into the limitless light inside all of us which comes from the source whom I call God," she added.
Iza shared that she's been grateful for the steps and missteps and that God has supported and guided her, leading her to where she is today. She said, "I celebrate this present moment, this gift of my existence and evolution today. I wish the same for you."
Just some of the celebs who took their time to greet Iza include Jodi Sta. Maria, Julia Barretto, Angel Locsin, Patricia Prieto, and Kris Bernal, who wrote, "I've always admired you for your neverending wisdom, your good heart, and grace!"
Iza has previously spoken about self-worth. When asked about her opinion on why people decide to stay in "bad" or "toxic" relationships, the actress said, "It's a question of your self-worth." Iza then shared her experience in being in a "bad" relationship and that she's the one who's been bad because "tao lang tayo."
The actress is set to make Pinoy superhero history as she's set to play "the first Darna" and Narda's mother in the upcoming series Mars Ravelo’s Darna: The TV Series.