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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55to64 in Chicago is doing 22 things including…

be patient with my mother


55to64 has written 1 entry about this goal

It's Terribly Hard

She’s 94 and can’t hear worth a damn. Her cognition is still good which considering her age, 94, is a wonderful thing. However, she makes me nuts and I get really frustrated.

E.g. She’s 94 and looks really good for her age. Most people think she is in her 70s, but she is always negative about how she looks. Her clothes aren’t pretty enough. Her skin is too wrinkled. Her eyelids need lifting. The worst of all, though, is the constant complaining about her hair and the quest for a wig. She’s bought several and likes them in the store. We get home and she hates them.

Okay, so it doesn’t seem like much, but every day she talks about how ugly she is. Now, I’m a BIG girl who is physically disabled and has to use a power wheelchair. If she thinks she’s ugly, what must she think of me? She tells me constantly that she’s so proud of me, but again, how can I believe that when she thinks she’s such a nothing?

Whine, whine, whine. Oh well, It’s just frustrating.


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