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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Hike to the Chris McCandless Bus
Stuff to know

“Into the Wild” by John Krakauer
“The McCandless Mecca” by Ken Ilguna

I know the terrain’s pretty tough as far as river crossings and dealing with bears and mosquitoes. The locals also seem to dislike pilgrims who travel to the bus as many of them (tourists) have been injured and even a few killed en route to the Magic Bus. And I do not want to be another name on the Alaskan news.

Stop letting my fears hinder me
Fear Itself

I’m an overly cautious person by nature, but at times, I allow my fears to influence my decisions which can be good in some cases, but it can also be bad in others. A good example is that I hate making left turns in traffic. Why? First, I got into a wreck at 18 making a left turn when I failed to see a car coming from the left as I pulled out into traffic. It’s just too much of a hassle and wait to make a left turn. I’m also sort of afraid of driving especially at night because of poor vision and a bad sense of direction.

I think sometimes my fears have hindered me. I had a boring college experience because I wasn’t assertive enough in high school and wound up at a local university instead of really getting ready to do what I really wanted to do. And I was afraid of relocating.

watch Avenue Q
I saw a local production

The local community college players held several performances and I went to one. Really and truly I’d have loved to see “Avenue Q” in NYC for the genuine Broadway experience (fancy dress, nice theater, post-show cocktails…). But the CC players did an outstanding job with this show, so it was well worth seeing locally. If I laughed till my ribs ached, then it was a good show.

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