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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  1. 1. Reflect, Select, and Remove
    1 person
  2. 2. Overcome Bulimia
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    202 people
  3. 3. Become a professor at Cal
    1 person
  4. 4. Achieve both Phd/Md
    2 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. get a motorcycle
    400 people
  6. 6. go noodling
    6 people
  7. 7. Visit a slaughterhouse
    1 person
  8. 8. swim with whale sharks
    47 people
  9. 9. find the symbol for my next tattoo
    124 people
  10. 10. Build a crossbow
    2 people
  11. 11. See a platypus in nature
    1 person
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let go
About time, damn it.

It took me 3 years to get over an emotionally dysfunctional relationship. I lost friends who were fed up with the unending torture that I put myself through. They were frustrated that they couldn’t do anything and that, simply, I couldn’t see the truth that he was toxic for me. I destroyed other romantic relationships because I had hopes that he would change. I basically put myself on hold for this sad, sad fellow.

Losing those friends were hard, but I wouldn’t be where I am now if they kept holding my hands. And for those other guys that I broke and left in pieces, I have vowed to never get into a relationship until I am ready.

I never felt more alone yet sturdy in where I stand in life.

I used to be afraid to walk around campus in case I saw him or vice versa. But the sad thing was that I both wanted and not wanted to see him. I was still chained to him even though he was not in my life anymore. But then one day, today, I went on this web site and clicked “I did it.” And this glorious wave of lightness came across me. I don’t know if I’ll feel the same way once I step out my house and walk around, but I think I’m going to be fine. I won’t be afraid anymore. I won’t be tied down to the past. I am going to only look forth and smile.

I mean what else can you do, ya’know?


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