After shutting off my social media accounts, there was this one useful website that I maintained albeit sparsely. The name of the website is 43Things. It’s basically a list containing 43 goals. I am quite slow in accomplishing the goals I have placed, but I keep filling it out anyway since I started.
This year, I was a bit late in constructing my resolutions because I was busy working during Christmas 2013 and New Year of 2014. Boo.All my reflections came in during chickenpox quarantine last month. So I updated my life list today. It’s like spring cleaning for my head. Sometimes when I feel absolutely lost, I look at the list and I try to accomplish it one at a time.
When I started my account, I was rabid with the “How I Did it” entries. These days, I am just using it as a simple checklist of “I’ve done it.” and “I want to do this.” and “I give up.” I still love the Cheers! function which is similar to a Facebook like but it’s more of a digital tap on the back from other 43things users for goals set, goals achieved, and journal entries.
When I do a test Google search of my name online, this page containing my goals rank high on the results. I have thought of taking this down because I have shown a bit of myself with my goals. But it is one of those tiny remnants of my old digital life that I chose to retain in continuity to the person that I am now becoming. It’s just one of those accounts which serve as a common thread of my old and new digital life. For sentimental reasons, I think I am inclined to retain it.
I always make it a point not to click the give up button on a goal unless I login at a later time and realize that the goal I initially placed no longer has any meaning for me. Surprisingly, most of the goals I have placed in 2010 remained there. Some are still intact or untouched. Some have been filed in the “Done” basket. There are goals that are tangible like drinking more water or taking a class. But I also placed in more challenging life goals like “Find my calling” and “Save for retirement.”
An ex-friend (who was never really my friend, in fact) told me that she created an account here at 43Things but she did not want to publish it under her real name. It’s really possible to do that. For me, though, in a truth-baring goal website like that, I find that it helps to look at real people’s faces on the avatars, faces of people who have the same goals as I have.
In the pursuit of genuinely connecting with like-minded people of similar goals, I think using my real name and showing myself is a risk I took on voluntarily. Despite my previous online challenges security-wise, I maintain the impression that the people who use the 43Things website are people who have depth in their digital experience and would be generally using it for the good goal of managing their lives more effectively. It’s not like Facebook where people try to get new gossip about everyone. It’s more of a community that thrives in the passion of sharing life goals. The focus is on GOALS and not on the people behind them.
So there, I guess there was really one website from my old digital habit that remained until this day. And boy, am I glad that 43things is still standing strong. 🙂