The owner and CEO of The Studio (MDR), Lisa Hirsch, opens up about the power—and sometimes, the pain—of reinventing yourself.
Last week, I got hit with something that millions of Americans deal with on a regular basis: I woke up with severe back pain—pain that was so bad, I could barely walk let alone make my beloved workouts at (MDR). To all of you back pain sufferers out there, let me say that I have now literally felt your pain, and it is something I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.
I don’t want to harp on the negative, but for a brief moment last week the pain had me feeling so low, so not like myself, that I started wallowing in a teeny bit of self-pity. (OK, maybe it wasn’t so teeny.) I did all of that “pain catastrophizing” the experts talk about, wondering and worrying that my back pain would never subside. But then, I started slowly feeling better—and I realized that my pain was the impetus for a big “ah-ha” moment.
My takeaway? Life is about reinvention. Reinventing the little things, like how you have to bend your knees when you lift something heavy (ahem!), and the big things, like your job, your friends and those pesky bad habits that you’d like to finally break. And what I’ve learned is that the best way to crowd out the “bad” is to usher in something new. That’s why I’m continuously inspired by all of you.
So many of you found The Studio (MDR) and are reading this right now because you were looking to reinvent yourself in some small or big way. Maybe you just wanted to breathe new life into your same-old workout, or you were trying to lose 20 pounds or tone up for your wedding. I know I founded The Studio (MDR) because I felt called to reinvent my career and myself, knowing that my calling was to do something in the health and wellness world rather than the dog-eat-dog music industry.
When I go all Pollyanna on myself, I come back to the fact that these times of reinvention in our liveshelp us get to know our ever-changing selves just a little bit better. The toughest times—the ones that leave you in pain, in awe, or in a rage—actually crack us open in good ways. So while a week on the couch thanks to back pain is the pits, if you’re in a state of constant reinvention and re-evaluation, it’s way easier to take it in stride and chalk it up to being part of your process.
Of course, this is way easier said than done, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t have a genuine reaction to the tough stuff. However, what’s becoming clearer and clearer to me the longer I’m here on this Earth is that rising above it all and learning from your setbacks is the ultimate goal.
As we embrace Spring and start to think about ushering in Summer, this notion of reinvention is a really powerful one. The seasons are in a constant state of reinvention (yes, even in SoCal!). And The Studio (MDR) is too, with plans for yet another awesome space in the works.
So why not embrace the change? Or better yet, as Gandhi so eloquently said, BE the change. Seek out all the little and big ways you can reinvent yourself right now and know that when you do, you’ll be happier, healthier, and better able to deal with all the curveballs (even the occasional bout of back pain!) that life will sometimes hurl your way.