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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ShirileUntitled

good experiences though:) 3 months ago


kimberlyd08Sometimes tragedies can be blessings

I don’t remember the exact date, but I believe it was some time in April 2014, my house was completely destroyed by someone who has abused me and my family for years. This, plus many other things, has made me want to write a book that will hopefully inspire and help others who are in abusive situations. 4 months ago


montes4338Volunteer

Wether you volunteer to help with a senior bingo game, or go to school and learn life saving skills then volunteer with a local ambulance, you will have experieinces that will last a lifetime. they will not only change your life, but the lives of those you help! 4 months ago


AlsanderaI do have interesting stories...

At lunch yesterday, people wanted me to tell the new girl about the bomb scare in our building. It’s a fun story.

Hm… That’s another story with cops. I definitely need stories that don’t involve law enforcement… 8 months ago


AlsanderaNo more stalkers

You know, I have some interesting experiences, but I think I need to clarify this goal.

While stalkers and police stations and police reports and warrants are interesting, they’re not fun.

Henceforth, this goals shall be known as “Have positive life experiences that make interesting stories.” 9 months ago


Angelica AnarchyA Friend's X-mas Gift

There was a white pole that stuck out of the ground where we like to camp, nobody knew what it was for. But nobody cared or acknowledged it, until we brought Jacob. He walks over and grabs it, jokingly saying, “It this some kind of fuckin’ sodomy pole or something?” and we keeled over laughing. One year later, just the other day, we were talking about how we had the long running joke about his “sodomy pole” business and his marketing strategies, etc. For xmas, (or Yule, for moi.) we snuck by his house, outside. And in the dark, in the street, we spray-painted “sodomy pole”. Oh yeah. Nader left one of his clove cigarette butts as a calling card. 11 months ago


Angelica AnarchyHow I Ended up Living with my Boyfriend....and his Parents.

My mom and I got in a fight over her new beau, Danny. She spend all her time off work with him instead of with me and my brother. Her own kids. I was already depressed, I have chronic depression so it just happens sometimes. It didn’t help and in fact she didn’t act like she liked being home. She started smoking too even though Danny doesn’t and even though money was mega tight. I only got her to notice me when i didn’t do my chores. I know, it’s the wrong way to be noticed. But I didn’t know what else to do.

It got so bad that I’d cry every day. I’d go outside and wander the sidewalks for a few hours. Finally I told her i’d like her to spend more time at home, and consider buying us food more regularly. Keep in mind she’d only been seeing him a month.

Well she blew up in my face, screaming and cussing me out right in front of the nine year old who thinks it’s funny for me to got in trouble anyhow. I ran outside and hid for hours. she sent me a text saying I should probably leave if I was going to keep acting this way. What way you ask? I don’t really know. Either way I packed a bag and Nader came and got me the next day. That was early may. On July 14th she kicked my belongings to the curb. The trash. She doesn’t like me to visit cause it interferes with her spending time with Danny and her replacement kids. I know Nader’s my bf, but she basically took advantage of his family’s kindness, and abandoned me. She also slapped me with 9k worth of debt.

I started collage early you see. At age 16. She had to sign for student loans. I only went for two semesters, five classes total. Grants paid for half of each. Tell me how she needed that much money? I’m thinking of suing her, I never saw half that money. She only got it because she had to sign for me. I didn’t realize how bad she is with money. She’s losing her apartment too, and selling her washer and dryer. Considering how bad my whole life has been, I don’t even pity her. 11 months ago


Angelica AnarchyI drove when I was only 2

Okay, not really. I was having visitation day with my dad. Every visit, he would take me to McDonald’s, which was a big deal. We were incredibly poor, and a happy meal was the equivalent of a diamond as big as your fist. When we’d get in the car to leave, he’d let me sit on his lap and have my hands on the wheel while he was the one who let it coast down the driveway. Then it was the car seat for me.

Not sure if this is really all that interesting, but I truly believed I was driving those few times. And some people think the fact that I remember things from age 2 is interesting in itself so I thought i’d share. 11 months ago


ZuzannaHere we go!

Experience number 1
Meeting a member of my favourite band. Many people dream about meeting their idols, but actually very few can really have an occasion to do this. I wrote a message to him on Facebook, we started to talk and a month later, when he came to Poland for the concert, we had some beers and polish pierogi with my friends. It was an amazing experience. He’s actually completely different that I thought, but in a good way :) 14 months ago


ZuzannaUntitled

“Extraordinary things only happen to extraordinary people. Maybe it’s a sign that you’ve got an extraordinary destiny – something greater than you could’ve imagined.”
~Reepicheep

I seriously hope that is true… 15 months ago


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