Your highest will of courage, determination, endurance, resilience & strength that allows you to overcome incredible odds to live the life you most desire.
Several years ago I experienced a *freak* hiking injury that abruptly stopped my life and business for nearly a year. It was a total fluke accident, one that my orthopedist promised me I couldn't do again even if I tried. I hyper-extended my knee while running downhill on an uneven trail. With that final freakishly misaligned step, I shattered my knee into more than twenty pieces.
I had no idea this missstep would turn out to be the most important step I'd take toward activating my superlife.
After a lot of morphine and being transported to 2 different emergency rooms, I finally made it into the OR around 3am for my first of three surgeries. I remember waking up in recovery and feeling the oddest sense of relief. With a deep spirituality I had never before experienced, I knew there was some bigger purpose behind this dramatic injury. I knew in my (broken) bones it would create a life-changing pivot. I knew it would show up on my life's timeline as the event that changed everything. I remember thinking:
I've become grateful for this injury, because it was the experience that allowed me to access a new depth of my potential.
My life has never the same.
Sisoo has become my mantra, my philosophy, my religion.
It's with me everyday now, no matter what I'm doing or where I am.
It's who I am.
I created this space to help you connect with your courage, determination & resilience that will ignite your vision, your dream, your superlife. My wish is to inspire you to live with the Sisoo spirit every single moment, so that one day you wake up and can't believe the life you've always dreamed of is now your reality.
I was on bed rest for the next 2+ months in a huge locked brace with a knee full of endless screws and plates. When not on bed rest, I spent my time cruising in an Uber XL (so I could elevate my leg on the backseat) to get to my 4 hour long PT appointments. I would lay on my stomach while my therapist attempted to bend my frozen knee against its will (to regain my range of motion). Three times a week for more than a year, it was the most excruciating pain of my life.
Each session I screamed at the top of my lungs into a pillow as he repeatedly pushed into my frozen joint for ten second increments. If I was lucky, I heard the tiny tears and pops of scar tissue that meant progress was being made. It was on this table screaming into said pillow that I told myself if I got through this recovery I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. It was in the midst of one particularly agonizing ten second countdown, I had a pain-epiphany:
I had two options:
1) I could succumb to the life-crushing pain, give up, and never bend my knee again and complain for the rest of my life or
2) I could show up earlier, stay later, dig deeper, overcome the odds & refuse to quit until my knee bent the way it should again.
I embraced the second option. And by doing so, I made a full recovery. I bend this brave little knee of mine now. I lift, I bike, I yoga, I jog, I skip, I swim. I thank my Finnish roots for that pain-epiphany and shift in mindset.
Sisoo (sisu) is a quality that my Finnish father instilled in me.
It's the drive to keep going, even if you want to quit.
It's the tenacity to get all up in the face of adversity (and talk some smack!).
It's knowing something is hard but accepting the challenge with a smile anyway.
It's the belief in yourself, even if the odds are against you.
It's rolling up your sleeves, getting to work and not complaining or making excuses.
It's your highest power of will which allows you to achieve absolutely anything.
It's the Finnish art of inner strength.
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