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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selkie222 in Cambridge is doing 17 things including…

learn a poem by heart every week

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selkie222 has written 2 entries about this goal




”...My wishes raced through the house high hay,
And nothing I cared, at my sky blue trades, that time allows
In all his tuneful turning so few and such morning songs
Before the children, green and golden,
Follow him out of grace.”

Next week (starting Sunday, so that I would actually do something else): Dover Beach

Fern Hill

I don’t know if it is just me, but I found that being able to recite a poem by heart is one of the most enpowering experiences for me.

While I love reading poetry, I can only get lost in it when I learn it by heart. No matter where I am, I can live in a stanza, a line for a few moments, and feel cosy and self-sufficient.

I once learnt a Chinese poem like this and it still stays with me now, so length is not the problem… it’s just loving the words enough to commit them to memory.

My poem for this week is Dylan Thomas’s “Fern Hill”.

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