Dear 43 Things Users,

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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Fall in real love: ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't live without each other love. (read all 5 entries…)
This was one of the first goals I put up...

And when I think of it, I believe I’d already fallen madly in love with the man of my dreams. All three (pathetic in comparison) entries have been made up of rare moments of total mind-blowing shock from this man, and now that we’ve just spent the best Christmas and New Year’s of our lives together, I can’t imagine another one with out him.

Every moment together, good or bad, has become about each other, we’re entirely consumed in the other one to the point where neither of us is entirely whole without the other one, and there is no greater joy than happiness together.

Everything about our love is just as this goal states: It’s rediculous that the two of us, from two completely different walks of life, 8 years between us, and many bold things against us would be able to commit so unabashed, stongly, and willingly… It’s inconvenient that I left for four months to study abroad after only 3 precious months together, and now have whisked away againto college in Indiana while he’s in Florida… Thoughts of each other consume our every moment, attempts to make the other happy and be together consume every dollar, and moments together consume every heartbeat, every breath, to the point of our entirety…. And of course, neither of us wants anything more than to never have a moment without the other. Every step we’ve taken from Day 1 has been together in some shape or form, without compromising our own dreams, if only making them come alive, develop, and grow.

Thinking about it tonight, it is without fail that I have no only done this, but will continue to be in love with Brian regardless of this being a goal or having been completed. I am thankful for having this goal if only to put into words a feeling I can barely contain myself, let alone wish so greatly to share with the world.


Thanks for posting this...

This was so beautifully written, thank you for sharing.

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