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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user7786's Life List

  1. 1. find a job
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    2,113 people
  2. 2. learn to draw
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    2,398 people
  3. 3. Trek to Machu Picchu
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    9 people
  4. 4. Trek to kailash
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  5. 5. learn to swim
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    3,442 people
  6. 6. Get drivers license
    262 people
  7. 7. learn to use my canon 650 camera
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  8. 8. be happy
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learn to swim
Fear of water

When i was about 3, our family had gone for a picnic on the beach. My father and I, were enjoying the gentle waves of the sea. Because the waves were quite gentle, my father had only a lose grip on my hand. Before my father realised it a giant wave came our way (giant compared to my height then!) and it enveloped me, and pushed me down. I didn’t know what to do, because i was submerged in water, i couldn’t see, couldn’t shout out for help or stand up. Luckily, 2 of my cousins responded quickly and picked me up. It was then that my fear of water began…

Then my mum signed me up for swimming lessons when i was 3 or 4. And the instructor was evil – he would scream at us kids, if we didnt practice the exercises properly in the shallow pool. And he would threaten to throw us into the deep end of the pool. Once i was so frightened of him, that he caught me crying in the shallow pool. He picked me up from the shallow pool and hurled me into the deep end. I swallowed a lot of water and thought i was about to drown, but luckily i managed to reach the edge of the pool and cling on to the wall. And my fear of deep water grew…

I have tried to enroll in swimming lessons again as an adult, but i never have learned how to swim, because i could not overcome my fear of deep water… i can float for bit and i can do the arm movements and leg movements properly and i can even swim 10 meters at a stretch. But I cannot breathe while swimming. Every time i try to breathe, I swallow water, then I panic and my fear comes back to me

Compliment a stranger

When I had to leave the country I was born in and all my relatives to move to England, I really missed home.

But it was like God was listening to my feelings. And every time i missed home, immediately a random stranger would smile at me / compliment me / help me / speak to me. And it would cheer me up!

Before I realised it, I began complimenting strangers too :)

It gives you such a warm feeling to know that you’ve spread some cheer, or you’ve probably made someone’s day :)

And what goes around comes around :)

I’m happy to say that I’ve been lucky enough to live in 3 different countries and I’m a true believer of a local proverb in my country which goes something like “The whole world is your country and every single person on earth is your relative!”

My husband found it on my bucket list!

My husband found it on my bucket list! So he gifted for my birthday (Aww… yes, he’s awfult sweet :) Anyway, it was good he did that, cos I’m a bit of a procrastinator, and I would never have gotten around to jumping off a plane, if not for hubby dear :)


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