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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DivsSA in Johannesburg is doing 22 things including…

Write 50 entries about random things that make me feel good


DivsSA has written 1 entry about this goal

My Black Cat named Ginger

When my dad died, about two days or so afterwards there was a stray cat that somehow made its way into my yard. A gorgeous creature with striking green eyes. I have never been a cat person but I love most animals in general and this little cat barely a few months old looked starved and scared. I tried on many times to get close enough to touch it but any movement scared her away. And my dog at the time did not like her and kept trying to chase her out of the yard.

I would put food and milk and water and anything else I could find in places the dog couldn’t get to and the cat would be safe while eating. This went on for a few weeks, me putting out food and as it got colder a blanket for her to sleep on. She tolerated me but was still very nervous around anything that moved. I had never even touched or held her in all that time. Then one day I was sitting on the bench in the garden and she jumped right onto my lap and made her self comfortable.

As the days went on she got more easy with me and I would spend hours cuddling up with her and even my dog warmed up to her that some mornings when I went go out I would find them both curled up in his kennel. I called her every name in the book and then teasing called out ‘ginger’ and she responded with a little meow…

Sadly she went missing for a few days and one morning in the middle of a bitterly cold winter she came back to her ‘home’ to die. It’s been 8 years and she was my link to my dad for a short time. A stray cat was a pleasant distraction to a huge loss. The world truely does work in mysterious ways.

And thats the story of my gorgeous black cat named Ginger.


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