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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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danceswithcats in Maine is doing 38 things including…

be a shaman and healer

2 cheers


danceswithcats has written 1 entry about this goal


I want to find my own shaman path. I don’t want to hijack native traditions and twist them into some New Age woo-woo parody suitable for consumption by white bourgeois Baby Boomers. I know shamanism isn’t unique to nonwhite indigenous peoples, either; the Celts and many Europeans had their own shamanic traditions, and I feel that because I’m a person of white European ancestry, it would be less disingenuous of me to work with European traditions than with other paths. I also feel very strongly that respecting native/indigenous people’s traditions means not hijacking them and making a profit from them (á la Lynn Andrews and her “Medicine Woman” books, etc.)

I have in the past done some work with Native American/pseudo-Native-American shamanic things, and while some of the work was impressive and powerful, I just didn’t feel comfortable with it. Maybe it was the people I was with-white Baby Boomer women who, on their “shamanic journeys” found that the centaur was their Power Animal™ and the like-or maybe it was that the energy of it wasn’t quite right for me. I don’t know. So where do I go and who do I meet and what do I do to find my shamanic self? This is the question I’ve been pursuing off and on for years.

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