Reading through these entries has been, for me, interesting, sobering, & enlightening—there’s plenty of “food for thought” as I consider what brought me here, what this community has meant to me for the last eight-plus years, & what I’ll be keeping inside myself even after it passes…. smile
(On a “lighter note,” go here to check out how spam reporting got done “back in the day”: http://www.43things.com/people/progress/daniel/587376 I had forgotten about this early mechanism, put in place back when the site – not to mention the Interwebz – was still young & mostly/fairly innocent. grin) 4 months ago
I was reading someone’s blog. I was living in New York at the time and they were in Hawaii. They mentioned that they were writing their goals on 43things. I logged on as Hawaii50.
At first I found it to be very clicky, but maybe it’s because I was not focusing on goals but wanting to connect to others. I ended up closing that account and a year or so later I came back as Aloha50. 6 months ago
I went to a friend’s house. He was raving about MySpace and said “I just signed you on, too.” I sighed and became Chief Free Running Table Salt. Female. 99 years old. Theme song: Tiny Cities Made of Ashes.
One night there I found an artist who was doing 50 installations. I admire people who can do things well and in quantity. This led me to find a person doing 43 Things on 43 Things. I found the site and was invited to join. I was willing to sign up for anything in those days. The next day, an email arrived: So-and-so cheered you on 43 Things. I said “Oh, that!”
I was reserved and did not have a voice. To live larger than life had not occurred to me.
It took about a half year to settle in and become part of a community of wit.
Chief Free Running Table Salt is still out there, somewhere, still 99 years old. 6 months ago
it was funny – I was working as a sales assistant & somebody in my team wanted to know something about somewhere in Arizona or someplace (Atlanta at the time) – how far it was or how long it’d take to drive there of how many coffee shops near Tucson,.... some random thing – and I did a GOogle search & the 4th or 5th entry was like “43things: I want to drive to Arizona” so, even though I was at the office, I signed up for an account
3 weeks later I ran across an article by the new york times re 43t, which made me feel all badass that I’d known of sthg b4 the times :D 6 months ago
Thanks Jimrin for the link
I know I have answered this question before but not on this particularly goal, it seems. At least I did not see myself …
43Things revealed itself to me through a search I was doing for jokes I could tell at Toastmasters. I came across a link to a Toastmasters post on 43Things by John Lee
I scouted about and set up an account.
Goal setting became a way of life for me. If I ever give up expressing goals in words and pictures and visiting them regularly, that will mean I have in some way given up on anything ever changing… I cannot imagine it. 6 months ago