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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Somebody SpecialI see you

They see you and call you ‘Bad’ or ‘Unlucky’,
They look into your eyes and see evil.
What they don’t see is that even through the fear there is Hope.
A Hope that something over there cares.

I just wanna reach out and protect you.
and touch that soft silky fur…
I know that you’re misunderstood
I know that people look at you and think that you’re evil.
I know that you’re really scared.

You were enjoying the beauty of that flower, until something bigger then you came along….
Something Scary.

OF COURSE, you can defend yourself if you have to, I don’t disagree,
But most things are bigger than you - EVERYTHING around is bigger than you and could catch you and harm you….
So you want to run!

But…. you stopped to look and wonder,
“Is it harm or something good I see, is it something pretty like me?”

I just want you to get a glimpse of Maybe?Just Maybe
Everything’s gonna be OK.

I stoop and stare. I could reach out and confirm your fears, but I’ll let you decide…..
The power of you glare keeps me captivated as time stands still…
Will you decide to run or will you see, that it is you looking at me, me looking at you, me looking at me in you.
The two is one…don’t run. 8 months ago

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onyaila01removing this goal

I’m writing more poetry but the goal is too vague for me. I’m going to set a poetry volume goal and aim to acheive that. 22 months ago

onyaila01Severly Inspired

I’ve written four more poems and started a song. This is an excellent start to the year. More to come, more to come. :) 23 months ago

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DracoI had a plant

A Golden Pothos plant
They grow green vines
And like to climb

From the time it was young it always did well
It stretched and thrived in the summer sun
Everyday it grew some more
It was thirsty and thanked me for the water I’d pour

But when wintertime came, the sun went away
The mornings came later and the plant became sad
It got weak and sick and lost more leaves every day

It turned yellow and brown. ALL its leaves on the ground
I was distraught as the plant fought
It was dying quickly… And then I thought
“what can I do to help you renew?”

The plant needed change, so now it has a new home
I brought it to work and it sits under the lights
though its recovery so far has been only slight
I watch hopefully as the plant continues its fight

It brushed itself off, and now can rise from its low
As buds show promise for a brighter tomorrow 2 years ago

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