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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ellisonbootler's Life List

  1. 1. read Catcher in the Rye
    95 people
  2. 2. compliment people more
    51 people
  3. 3. feel beautiful
    2,169 people
  4. 4. Stop beating myself because I'm not perfect
    12 people
  5. 5. Learn to play the guitar
    13,738 people
  6. 6. get another tattoo
    3,406 people
  7. 7. Become a vegetarian
    1,613 people
  8. 8. learn to play chopins nocturne no:2 in eb op.9
    4 people
  9. 9. move out my parent's home
    5 people
  10. 10. get an mfa in printmaking
    1 person
  11. 11. Go skydiving
    7,882 people
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Learn to play Comptine d'un autre ete from Amelie
Very fun to play

My main problem with learning this piece of music was time. I’m a college student and don’t have access to pianos, so I decided to learn it over Christmas break. Once you get the rhythm down its really quite easy. Very fun to play as well.



Get a tattoo
i carry your heart

Growing up my parents had brainwashed me into hating tattoos. However, when I left for college and started to get involved in the arts I noticed a lot of people had tattoos and they didn’t seem trashy at all. In fact they were beautiful and interesting, and in general just a way to express the individual wearing it.

So of course I became enchanted with the idea of getting a few of my own. I’ve always been an avid reader and after looking at blogs dedicated to them, I decided my first tattoo would be a literary one. I had a few passages picked out (all of which I adored) but was having trouble deciding which should be the first. And besides that, my parents would never agree to letting me get one and if they saw I got it without their permission they’d kick me out of the house or stop assisting me with college payments. So I just sat on my desire for years, knowing eventually when I was completely independent I would get some ink.

However, this summer for my birthday I spend the day with my best friend, who herself has many tattoos. She told me that she wanted to buy a tattoo for me for my present. It was so sudden and I wasn’t expecting it at all but I decided to just let go of my fear and do it. Since she wanted us to get something to symbolize our love and friendship I decided that we should split the passage “i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)” by ee cummings handwritten by each other. We both got it on our left ribs. It was fast and didn’t hurt one bit, and I absolutely love the end product. One of the best decisions I’ve made.




 

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