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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tomoyo90 is doing 28 things including…

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tomoyo90 has written 13 entries about this goal


Would you break the law to save a loved one?

No, I wouldn’t dare to. But it’d also mean it’s wrong to try to save the person, because you have to break the law to do that, right? Unless there is something wrong with the law in that case. But then that would get really complicated and now I’m kinda confused. But whether right or wrong, I don’t have the courage to break the law.


If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Please always respect your parents and think of how much they love you. Don’t hurt them and don’t rebel against them. Don’t take advantage of them. Always love them just as much as they love you.


You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?

Be silent about it. If they ask me to comment, I continue to stay silent. And I am polite about it, and smile and nod to whatever they say. But inside I’m really angry, and I won’t respect and admire these three people as much anymore. But I guess I won’t have the courage to really stand up to them. Sigh.


Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

Both, actually. Which one is more worrying? Hmm… I’m not too sure… I’m a perfectionist, so I worry a lot about doing every single thing, even the most insignificant thing. And I usually do whatever is right to me… but sometimes I guess I don’t think as much before I act, because I’m been worrying too much on getting things right, so I guess I stopped thinking about what’s right.

Though now I think doing the right things is more important. If you can’t do things right, well, let it be, I guess. You’re bound to make mistakes somewhere. But I guess I should know what is right and what is wrong, and be sure not to do anything that goes against my own beliefs.


To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

I control my life to some extent, but sometimes things are out of my control. Things happen even if I don’t want it to happen. Lately I’ve been controlling my life more than before. But usually I can’t make my own decisions when it’s really important, so I tend to follow others.


If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

If the life span was 40 years, my parents wouldn’t be here anymore. That’s really sad. I would probably have studied harder so they can be proud of me for more times. Other than that, actually I can’t think of what else to change. I don’t really regret what I’ve done before much, because I’m the one that made all the decisions, so I always accept my own decisions. Even if I’d done something wrong, there’s really no point looking back.

The future is the same, I guess. I would probably live my life the same way, no matter of the life span. Usually I don’t even think about the future.


Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

What another confusing question. I do think that I am doing what I believe in. I think it’s best to do what I believe in, rather than settle for what I’m doing. However, lately, I think I’ve been doing something I don’t believe is right to do, but did it just to please others. I shouldn’t be doing that. I should always do what I believe in.


If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Writing. Of course I would feel even happier playing, but well… playing isn’t really work. Haha. If it’s really a job, then it’s writing. When I write, I feel happy, not really the joyful kind of happy, but rather a peaceful kind of happiness. It’s a mysterious feeling. :)


What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

Stereotypes. The first thing that popped out of my mind. I wish people would stop stereotyping others. I wish people who stop judging others, and expecting others to be like what they imagined. It’s sad… it’s like others are deciding your life for you.


When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

I would’ve hoped to have done more than I’ve said. But in the end, I do believe that I would have said more than I’ve done. I’m not a very determined person, so sometimes I might say that I want to “do this, do that”, but in the end, nothing might get done.

I really hope that one day I could do more than I said, and actually surprise myself there. I’m still working on that now. Haha.


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