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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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JudithKD is at PC w/ the other name,you should know it!!

Figure out how to do a quantum leap (read all 13 entries…)
For me,

getting rid of the extra books IS a quantum leap. I have had so many and am now on the edge of getting rid of most of them, that there’s part of me that’s getting…

nervous? antsy? uneasy for sure.

I have no idea who I’ll be without all of the various forms of defensive structures around me: the rage engine, the “I can’t” chant, the camoflauge, the hypervigilence, etc.

For all that I thought I had no defensive mechanisms, it ends up I had many small ones that interlocked and kept me safe, rather than a single defensive structure.

I take one apart/down or muffle it, and there’s another!

I wonder if I’ll ever finish this stupid process sometimes?

[I sure hope so!]

But getting rid of the books is a huge step for me. There’s part of me that wants to cry, another that wants to shout, and a third that just wants to dive in and remember my old friends and make new ones. It’s rather like packing up to move out of your childhood home, or perhaps that’s exactly what it is?

Gee. I wonder what I’ll be like as an adult?

jkd



Comments:

Judith

Your writing reflects how many people feel, myself included. I don’t think anyone is ever finished. And strangely enough, that is part of the charm of life and friendships.

Know that you are loved along the journey. I hope that today, you take time to appreciate yourself. ((((Judith))))

JudithKD is at PC w/ the other name,you should know it!!

MamaKitty,

Thank you!

I reread that today and it’s still true. There are less books here/in my control than there were then, but it’s still true.

I don’t know if I’ll ever get to where I don’t have books, but I really DO need to get past the excess of books that are in my home and that we’re paying to store.

Thank you for the virtual hugs and ((hugs)) back!

Judith


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