The Bucket List
Rhea F. Dahilig
The journey through late adulthood can be experienced in different ways. One particular movie entitled “The Bucket List” exhibits an astounding portrayal of late adulthood. In fact, there are many accounts that the movie entails about late-adulthood. This includes the illustration of Erickson’s late adulthood stage – “Ego Integrity vs. Despair,” wisdom, marriage, friendship, parent-child relationship, and death and dying in late adulthood.
Having given less than a year to live because of cancer, the two characters – Edward Cole and Carter Chambers seem to deal with despair rather than integrity, a stage Erickson depicts for late adulthood based on his
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Thus, his view of marriage is not as profoundly valued as with Carter. As for me, I believe that marriage is important during late adulthood because it fulfills the sense of belonging. The movie also exemplifies the paramount of having friends in late adulthood. Truly, Carter and Edward equally enjoyed spending time with each other because with Edward having no family or close friends, just his work, and Carter being too occupied with family all his life, the two evens out where they long to spend time with a friend and away from their long-lived responsibilities. Carter, though towards the end, was fortunate to have his family still by his side. Friends in the future for me are plenty because I know that my best friends now will always be there for me and I am hoping to accumulate more along the way. I am optimistic about it because of my belief that no one is never too old or young to have friends, they just multiply depending on the person. The indication of parent-child connection in late adulthood can also be seen in the movie. Carter and his wife definitely have close relationship with their three adult children because of the sacrifices they made for their children and they grew up to be successful adults. While, Edward, although have rough patches with his daughter, in the end their father-daughter bond was still there despite their past. I can say that the parent-child bond is equally important to both parent and child during late adulthood