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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Solena D. is doing 19 things including…

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Solena D. has written 1 entry about this goal

The violin

I am sitting in my living room with the balcony door wide open, and there is somebody in my building playing violin for the past hour or so. So beautiful, it’s almost surreal. And they are a good player, whoever they are.
So I sat here, stopped what I was doing and just listened to the violin…and then I became really agitated. It started to annoy me. Now, this is a quiet area, I usually only hear the sound and laughter of children playing, and they never bug me. So Why is this violin so annoying all of a sudden? It’s beautiful music, I love this instrument, and, like I said, whoever is playing it, knows what they are doing.

I thought about it for a few minutes, and I realized it’s all about control. I am enjoying it now, but if they overdo it, or start some boring practice pieces, I won’t be able to stop them. If this same music was playing on the radio, or I chose it from a CD or YouTube or whatever, it wouldn’t annoy me because I’d have the “power” of the Stop button.

And this was such a sad thought.
When did I become so accustomed to artificially created surroundings?
When did I start liking taped music over live one?
When did I start thinking I have “control”, or I have to have control over what goes on around me?
What happened?

Something to think about while I pour myself another glass of juice and enjoy the sweet sounds of violin.

Solena D. has gotten 7 cheers on this goal.


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