In the six months since the YouTube star and inventor had a large brain tumor that could have left her paralyzed, blind, or a completely different person removed, Simone Giertz moved her workshop out of her house, jumped back into vlogging for her nearly 1. 4 million subscribers, gave a TED talk, and kickstarted an electronic calendar — all while rocking a silvery “supervillain scar” that runs down her scalp, flirting with her hairline. “If I can’t even take off time when I’ve had fucking brain surgery,” Giertz says over a Skype call from her new, larger workshop in San Francisco. “When am I going to feel that it’s OK to take time off?
On the morning of the procedure, she woke up at 4:30 a. m. to dutifully do her yoga and meditation. “I’m feeling fine, but I’m pretty scared,” Giertz says in a video she posted right before the surgery. “The healthy response to the prospect of having your skull cut open … I hope you’re having a good day.
Admitting that she “just kept sending them to people,” Giertz at the time wanted to make something from the stark image of the tumor nesting in her brain. (She hasn’t, yet, but still plans to do something. ) Whether a massive art installation or a robot that kind of works, the inventor and YouTuber is always thinking of the next thing she could create, even during the scariest time of her life.
After all, she’s the Queen of Shitty Robots, and this will be one of the first inventions she’s created that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing. “I just want it, in my house,” Giertz grins, bubbling with excitement about the project she’s been working on for so long. “This is something that has genuinely helped me and I think it can help other people.
For each day she completes a meditation and yoga session, one of the 365 hexagons lights up, giving her a sense of tangible affirmation for maintaining a healthy habit. “A lot of people make the mistake of setting the bar too high,” she says, pointing out how easy it is to go to the gym for two hours on the first day, skip the second, and then stop going completely because you’ve given up “and it’s already summer. ” To build a routine, she reasons, “you have to make sure that you set the bar low enough that it’s something you can do on even the most chaotic of days.
She was already exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and living a generally healthy life — there was little she could do other than wait. “I just wanted a regime,” Giertz recalls, reflecting on how she barely took time off during the month between her diagnosis and the surgery. “If I got action points, I would feel like I was in control of the situation.
Simone Giertz didn’t let brain surgery stop her. What’s next? https://t.co/Vsw0wYBpZo— Mashable (@mashable) September 5, 2020