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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ateo in Fairfax is doing 29 things including…


5 cheers


ateo has written 5 entries about this goal

Done and done...

Easier than I thought.

Thus far everything has gone exactly how I planned and there is a great deal of gratification in that. I was done with the Air Force 3 months 14 days after I made my original post here making it my #1 goal in life. A decision I’ll never regret, of that, at least, I am sure.

In a somewhat surreal and ironic turn of events they gave me a medal I had earned the year before literally days before I was a free man. Ah, the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly – usually.

My singular purpose

Leaving the Air Force is the wellspring from which all of my hopes and dreams flow.

If I can do this without ending up in chains or in a box in the ground I will consider myself indebted to the universe.

When I signed my life away...

I was ready to give up on life, ready to die.

To me joining the Air Force was a way to die. That is how I conceptualized the whole process – as death. To die and be reborn after 4 years of supressing my will, my freedom, my personality, my thoughts, myself.

In reality this sort of thing never works out how you expect it to. Everything went pretty much as planned for about a year and a half but then suddenly one day I unexpectedly “woke up” from my slumber – took a look around me – and was disgusted by what I saw.

Obviously my mentality when joining was a real recipe for success! It’s no wonder things have worked as they have…

I’ll be out of here soon.

I really have to acknowledge that...

the Air Force is hardly the source of my problems and unhappiness. It’s not like life was going just peachy and then I randomly decided to join the Air Force and my whole life crashed and burned.

No, I am better off today than I was a few years back and it is a result of being in the Air Force.

However, I really feel like I have grown in this period of time – outgrown the Air Force. I am not satisfied with my life and the first and biggest obstacle to changing my life is getting out of the Air Force. I feel helpless, trapped, and stifled. I really only have one option.

Getting out of the Air Force will not make me happy or solve any of my problems – however, getting out seems to be a prerequisite to doing so.


Soon, soon.

Be paient. Wait it out…

ateo has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.

  • ebmoon cheered this 8 years ago
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  • marikolearnstolive cheered this 8 years ago


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