Life goals and objectives provide us with a sense of direction. When having marked vital objectives, the people usually focus their resources to reach them, with more or less success. This allows them to have a clear sense of what matters. Thus, goals make us encounter obstacles, but at the same time generate in us the motivation to overcome them.
The objectives of life vary between each of the individuals of a society. However, goals make it possible for people to focus their efforts. In this way, the actions of each individual are usually coherent with their objectives. Goals allow us to set a path and evaluate our progress. Fulfilling the objectives gives a sense of satisfaction and personal fulfillment. This increases our happiness and self-esteem.
“To achieve a goal you should not know all the answers beforehand. But you must have a clear idea of the goal you want to achieve.”
-W. Clement Stone-
Up: a tall adventure
Up is an animated film from 2009. Directed by Peter Docter, winner of two Academy Awards or Oscar awards and produced by Disney and Pixar. In the first part of Up, the character of Carl Fredricksen is presented. Carl is a shy little boy with an idol: the explorer Charles Muntz. The adventures of Muntz are shown in movie theaters. One day, Muntz is accused of fabricating or inventing his archaeological discoveries. Little Carl is devastated after hearing this news.
However, Carl knows a girl named Ellie. This girl confesses that she is also a fan of Charles Muntz, and that she is the founder of her fan club. Ellie reveals her plan: take the club’s headquarters to Niagara Falls. Carl knows that Cataratas del Paraíso is the place where Muntz explores in the Latin American Amazon.
Ellie and Carl promise to help each other make this trip. They remain friends throughout their lives. They get married and move to the old house where Ellie had her fan club.
Carl and Ellie save during their lives for the trip to Paradise Falls. However, different eventualities force them to spend their savings. The promise of the trip becomes increasingly distant. When they are already old, Ellie dies due to illness and they never managed to make their dream trip to Paradise Falls.
Mr. Fredricksen: a life focused on goals
Carl Fredricksen, now elderly, widowed and grumpy, is deeply saddened by the death of his wife. Forced to evict his house, where he has lived all his life, decides to act.
Carl Fredricksen manages to inflate thousands of helium balloons just the day he must be evicted. Your house rises through the air, flying towards freedom. Carl is finally on his way to Paradise Falls. With the help of little Russell, a child explorer, Carl will manage to reach Paradise Falls. In addition, there Carl will meet his childhood hero: Charles Muntz.
The life of Carl Fredricksen is an example of long-term goals. Both Carl and Ellie lived a full life, full of happiness. Both worked to achieve this dream trip. Although they could not do it together, saving for a goal is an achievement. Already in his old age, Carl keeps his promise to Ellie and travels to the Amazon. Carl Fredricksen reaches his goal, and also gets a new family.
The goals in old age
A person has different goals and objectives throughout his life. These goals are necessarily modified by changing the skills, abilities and interests of the person. In old age there are constant losses. An elderly person must constantly adapt and modify their goals accordingly since only in this way is it possible to have a successful aging.
During old age the awareness of time increases as a limited resource. This knowledge will modify the actions of a person. Knowing that there is a finite amount of time will allow to reformulate goals to adapt them to this new sense.
Something that makes, in many cases, the goals in old age are different to the goals during youth. In general, the objectives of the young people are focused on their education and their friendships. By contrast, goals during old age are more associated with leisure and recreation activities, as well as their health.
Thus, establishing personal goals in old age is of the utmost importance. Let us think that occupation is one of the elements that most influence the sense we give to our existence. The goals provide the necessary motivation to face this stage of life.
Various studies have identified that it is healthy for older adults to return to goals they have had during their youth. Goals in old age may be associated with recreation or with our interests during young adulthood. In this way, it may be easier to find the motivation to use energy and resources in these new objectives.
The importance of optimistic people
In addition, optimism does not stop being a plus in old age. The people who are able to conserve and take care of this point work as an anchor, supporting in difficult moments. For the elderly, these people can represent an additional motivation and the perfect travel companions to meet the goals, as in Up.
Perhaps age distances us by conditions of certain objectives. However, there is always the possibility of adapting them to our conditions or our possibilities.
With 60 years we can hardly be Olympic gymnastics champions, but what we can do is enjoy the possibilities and movement of our body and even compete with people of our age who share our interests. In either case we can always assume a goal, and in old age as well. That goal is none other than to overcome and overcome our fears and for that, as in Up, there is no age.