How A Podcast & Book Helped Me Take Action
I wanted to take a moment to share a personal journey that led to the rapid launch of The Silly Little Goals website and how listening to a few podcasts along with the book “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi influenced my decision.
The title of the website itself came from listening to The Big Ass Runner podcast during a dog walk. The Host Jeff Harrell asked his audience for feedback on how they stay motivated during runs. Someone submitted, “… I have these silly little goals… run 5 light poles, then walk 5… etc….” At that moment, I stopped walking my dog and checked to see if the domain was available. It was, but I had to think about it for a few hours on how I would use the site itself. Six hours later I had my answer.
I had heard about the book on a podcast, though can't recall which one. Perhaps it was Jay Shetty On Purpose Podcast or The Ed Mylett Show, but either way I checked it out from the library that same week and dove in.
This incredible memoir about life, mortality, and purpose had a profound impact on me, reminding me of the fleeting nature of life and the importance of finding joy, achieving goals, and being part of a supportive community.
In “When Breath Becomes Air,” Paul Kalanithi, a brilliant neurosurgeon, confronts his own mortality while battling terminal cancer. As he reflects on his life's purpose and the legacy he wants to leave behind, his poignant words struck a deep chord within me. Kalanithi's story served as a wake-up call, reminding me that life is short and unpredictable. It urged me to seize every moment and make a meaningful impact.
One of the key takeaways from the book was the significance of setting goals, no matter how big or small, and finding joy in the journey towards achieving them. Inspired by Kalanithi's words, I envisioned The Silly Little Goals website as a platform where I could help set whimsical goals that bring happiness. This idea is to encourage us all to complete something, no matter how silly or small it is. Eventually, maybe just maybe, this will lead to some people to dream bigger, break down their goals into smaller, manageable steps, and celebrate each milestone along the way.
Additionally, “When Breath Becomes Air” highlighted the power of community and support during challenging times. Kalanithi found solace and strength in connecting with others who shared similar experiences, whether they were patients or fellow healthcare professionals. Recognizing the value of community in providing encouragement, motivation, and a sense of belonging, The Silly Little Goals website will evolve as well. I'm envisioning community forum, where users can connect, inspire, and cheer each other on, fostering a network of support that enhances their overall well-being.
Launching The Silly Little Goals website was my response to the profound insights gained from Kalanithi's memoir. It is my belief that by embracing the brevity of life, prioritizing joy and personal growth through goal-setting, and fostering a supportive community, we can find purpose and fulfillment in our lives.
Let's remember that life is a precious gift, and it's up to us to make the most of it. I invite you to join The Silly Little Goals community and embark on your own journey of joy, personal growth, and meaningful connections.