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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exercise regularly (read all 2 entries…)
Exercise is absolutely critical to overall well being

Both physical and mental health benefits greatly from regular exercise. It’s not just hype, you need to exercise.

Be a better atheist. (read all 3 entries…)
Last time someone brought up religion with me...

I told them I’m an atheist. The person brought up religion in the manner of, “well so and so in a Pentecostal so she’s crazy, unlike Catholics, which I am.” I told them, “I’m an atheist so I think you’re both nuts, talking to invisible people and putting the liars in the church above you.”

We don’t talk about religion much anymore.

get a dog (read all 2 entries…)
Soon, very soon

I need to rearrange my apartment and make room for the dog and the dog’s stuff. I should be able to get a dog next month. I’m going to adopt from the shelter, probably a German Shepherd mix since they seem commonplace and they meet most of the criteria I am looking for in a companion animal.

Have an underground lair (read all 2 entries…)
Some day, some day

I work in an underground lair. Two stories underground and kept 65 degrees at all times.

Not currently living in an underground lair, but eventually that might be possible.

Buy a House (read all 2 entries…)
Still haven't decided where to settle down

I definitely have the ability to buy a home, but I don’t want to stay where I am currently for the long term. Therefore, buying in a down market doesn’t make much sense.

My actual goal is to move out of this area entirely if I can find work elsewhere. That’s the real key here, finding work elsewhere.

Visit Australia (read all 2 entries…)
I would still like to visit

Emigration is out of the question though. Australia has some nutty things going on down there, some things that abridge freedom for their citizenry in ways I find disgusting.

A week or two as a tourist, though, would be great.

Move out of the United States (read all 2 entries…)
There's nowhere better than the U.S.

After extensive searching I have concluded that while the United States may not be perfect, it is better than all alternatives. We are still the freest nation on Earth. That statement can be hard to believe sometimes with what you hear in the news, but it’s true.

The U.K. is a monarchy based surveillance run peasant nation. Canada and Australia pay homage to the U.K. Everywhere else is run via absolute corruption.

The corrupt in America still fear justice. Elsewhere they have nothing to fear, they are the ones that dole out “justice.”

Other nations have “hate speech” laws (Europe), internet filters (Australia), massive surveillance (U.K.), inability to own guns or in some cases knives? (U.K.), and absolutely NO freedom guaranteed by a set of RIGHTS like the Bill of Rights. Other nations have, at best, a set of privileges that can be revoked by the government at any time for any reason. That isn’t how I want to live.

America is the freest nation on Earth and I will try to help keep it that way.

understand people (read all 2 entries…)
I think I understand people at this point

But the things that I understand do not speak well for humanity.

stop judging people (read all 2 entries…)

I’m very judgmental and I could never live up to my own standards.

I don’t see this changing any time soon.

be creative (read all 2 entries…)
This goal is continuing to whither on the vine

Writing is the only creative thing I’m any good at. I’m not talking about creative writing either. I tend to write drab opinion pieces on politics, sociology, and so forth.

create meaning in my life

It’s all arbitrary. Meaning is relative to what matters to you. Nothing much seems to matter to me right now so my life seems pretty meaningless.

Something mattered, once. I watched it fall apart in front of me as all things seem to do in life. Nothing lasts forever. I think the key here is to accept that fact and move on. Build something else to give my life meaning.

be at peace with my existence (read all 3 entries…)
Lost that sense of peace

As noted in my last entry in this category, my peace of mind is difficult to maintain. It is not surprising to me that it slipped away as it did.

Part of the reason is I went through some rough employment related issues and another part of the reason is that I do not feel secure with my financial situation.

I stopped working out and that impacted my mood and energy levels negatively as you can imagine it would. I’ve started working out again, and that’s a step in the right direction.

I wish I could recapture the state of mind I was in when I made my last entry here 8 months ago.

“I feel free. Nothing can bother me. Nothing can frighten me. I am the calm center of a chaotic universe (well, not quite :P).”

I wish that were still the case.

hike the appalachian trail (read all 4 entries…)
I got a job, so I didn't hike the trail

I suspect I never will.

get contacts (read all 3 entries…)
Still haven't done this

My eyes are getting worse, actually. I broke my lenses at a concert about a year ago and the replacements were slightly different and my eyes have suffered for it.

I am terrified of spending money and that’s the primary cause for my inaction.

be happy (read all 5 entries…)
I'll never know what happiness is

There is a part of a person that can be destroyed and once it is destroyed thus it is gone forever. My ability to experience the state of being known as happiness was crushed out of me like juice from a grape long ago.

Oh well. At least there’s life as a bitter husk to look forward to.

be free (read all 3 entries…)
Starting to have doubts about whether or not freedom is obtainable

I know what I want, but how do I get there? All I can figure out is that I need more money.

The world is moving in the exact opposite direction from how I want to live. Do I spit into the wind in defiance? Do I pack up my things and abandon the miserable life around me in search of something that may not exist?

I’m not sure. I’m at a crossroads. I think patience is the key here.

exercise regularly (read all 2 entries…)
Generally, it gets cold outside and I stop running

Time to figure out a way around this. Like getting a gym membership.

I’ve been running 3 miles at a stretch, about 5 times a week for the past 4 months. I’ve done this before, and usually when winter rolls around I stop.

So my real goal here is to exercise through the winter.

drink absinthe (read all 3 entries…)

Not impressed.

I think this stuff available in the U.S. is a sham.

Tasted like bad liquor to me. No psychedelic effects whatsoever.

be free (read all 3 entries…)
I'm still alive...and breathing.

My will is exercised, made reality.

There is life in this. There is strength in this.

Successfully exercising the will increases the feeling or strength and power.

This is my morality.

be happy (read all 5 entries…)
Happiness? I'm not sure I'd know it when I felt it.

However, I can say, that I am at least not currently experiencing the opposite of happiness.

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