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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stoopydoopy's Life List

  1. 1. have no regrets
    1 cheer
    1,587 people
  2. 2. Photograph Wildlife
    9 people
  3. 3. BASE jump
    387 people
  4. 4. see the northern lights
    19,115 people
  5. 5. learn to SCUBA dive
    2,697 people
  6. 6. get my driver's license
    5,140 people
  7. 7. shave my head
    929 people
  8. 8. lose 30 kg
    61 people
  9. 9. go to a Top Gear recording
    11 people
  10. 10. read Rumi’s Mathnawi (in translation)
    3 people
  11. 11. Save up and buy a handheld Video Camera
    1 person
  12. 12. Take a photo every day
    1,082 people
  13. 13. Visit Ireland
    2,752 people
  14. 14. go out with him
    20 people
  15. 15. learn
    748 people
  16. 16. Meet Jonas Brothers
    34 people
  17. 17. go to the oscars
    149 people
  18. 18. watch all oscar nominated movies
    4 people
  19. 19. Climb Mount Everest
    509 people
  20. 20. go sky diving
    1,294 people
  21. 21. Believe in myself
    1,343 people
  22. 22. Audition for American Idol
    130 people
  23. 23. Go to a toga party
    5 people
  24. 24. kiss in rain
    22 people
  25. 25. kiss under water
    79 people
  26. 26. go on a eurotrip
    39 people
  27. 27. live life to the best i can
    2 people
  28. 28. perform standup
    10 people
  29. 29. visit all the worlds major theme parks an ride on the rollatcoasters
    2 people
  30. 30. visit uyuni salt flats
    1 person
  31. 31. start doing yoga regularly
    12 people
  32. 32. have a really good chat over dinner with Stephen Fry
    3 people
  33. 33. Lose my virginity to someone I love
    24 people
  34. 34. Learn Dutch
    642 people
  35. 35. go to a music festival
    232 people
  36. 36. volunteer at a homeless shelter
    104 people
  37. 37. volunteer overseas
    268 people
  38. 38. visit all 50 states
    9,057 people
  39. 39. Watch NYT Top 1000 Movies
    4 people
  40. 40. go on a long road trip with friends
    3 people
  41. 41. find out who my angel is
    51 people
  42. 42. be in a serious relationship for the first time in my life
    1 person
  43. 43. have a one night stand
    2 cheers
    534 people
Recent entries
Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind".

1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I think I’d be my age; 18.
2.Which is worse, failing or never trying?
I’ve found that failing becomes easier over time, even rewarding, but the constant doubt that follows with the question “what if?” is excruciating.
3.If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
I think you learn over time to not do that. To make life worthwhile so that by the end you look back and have no regrets.
4.When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Probably, but I’ll have done plenty as well :)
5.What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
Our ability to understand. To have some perspective.
6.If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
7.Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
I don’t really know what I believe in, I think I’m just going with the flow.
8.If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
I’m not sure that I would.
9.To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
I have given up trying to have control. I leave it in the hands of the benevolent force and hope that it turns out for the best.
10.Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
Both, to a certain extent.
11.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?
Tell them i’m friends with the person and ask that they not talk about them like that in front of me.
12.If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Keep an open mind.
13.Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Hell yes.
14.Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
I don’t think so. Maybe because I see a little bit of both in myself, I understand the dynamic.
15.What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I’m willing to learn.
16.How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
Because they have different priorities.
17.What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
There’s lots of things I want to do, and I’m waiting to find people to do them with.
18.Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
Many things.
19.If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
Holland. Besides the weed which, let’s admit it, is reason enough, I’d love to be independent in a country with barely any boundaries.
20.Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
21.Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
Hahaha without sounding too cocky, I think I am a worried genius. it might be fun to experience the latter.
22.Why are you, you?
Isn’t that the question? I’ll let you know when I find out.
23.Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
I’ve tried, and no doubt failed.
24.Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
I move away from my friends often. I feel like even if we don’t keep in touch, we always leave things on good terms, unlike the slow growing apart thing.
25.What are you most grateful for?
26.Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
I’d kill myself before either happened.
27.Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
Yes, with certain things, you just feel it.
28.Has your greatest fear ever come true?
Probably. I have lots of fears and try my best to face them regularly.
29.Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
Yes I do. And I feel like it does; it made me the person I am today.
30.What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
Just laughing, being happy, without a care in the world. Things were so simple then.
31.At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
In trying to find myself.
32.If not now, then when?
Maybe later. Haha but I always feel like now is the best policy.
33.If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
My sanity.
34.Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
35.Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
Because the people that follow the religions don’t really understand them.
36.Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
Maybe, but I think it’s a very thin line.
37.If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
I don’t have a job yet haha but if I did I probably wouldn’t.
38.Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
It depends on how you define work.
39.Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
No. Every new days has new possibilities.
40.When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
Many times. But I think I’ve learned from it.
41.If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
Everyone, but I’d spent the most time with Noor and Alina and my sister and my dad.
42.Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
Sure. I’d love to be attractive.
43.What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
The difference between just existing and savoring each moment. The difference between like and love.
44.When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
45.If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
Because mistakes are often associated with failure, and failure is a scary prospect.
46.What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Be more true to myself.
47.When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
Last night.
48.What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
The journey. I think they have.
49.In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
Probably. You never know.
50.Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
It depends on your definition of others.

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be loved

my cousin noor has always been my best friend and my soul mate. her and my other cousin alina have always been a trio of best friends and always loved each other. it’s just that over the years, we seemed to grow apart, because of physical distance, and issued we’d been having. i moved back to Pakistan a year ago. it felt we’d lost the love we had for each other, or atleast, they had. it was a painful realization cuz the kind of relationship we had, i had never seen. it was truly extraordinary. but it felt different now. eventually though, i spent some time with them and we came to be just the way we were. i realized that the love was never lost, we’d just grown as people. but i still love them and they still love me more than anyone could ever imagine.


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