Some folks look forward to retirement as a time to relax, travel and enjoy life. For others, it just creates a sense of dread. Regardless of which side you fall on (maybe a bit of both?), time spent on planning for retirement can be a terrific investment.
Most of us will have a retirement longer than we ever imagined and it probably will be different from what we expected. In fact, some experts predict the "long vacation" version of retirement that many of us traditionally have pictured soon will be a thing of the past.
As you explore this retirement planning site, keep in mind that while preparation is essential, remaining open-minded and flexible are equally important. Health, financial or family crises may send your plans in a different direction than you planned.
Think about it this way. Did you imagine 10 or 20 years ago the challenges and opportunities you already have faced? The same is true of your retirement.
Whether your retirement is decades away or right around the corner, the more time you spend thinking through the issues you will face, and preparing for them, the better you will be able to respond to life's curve balls. You'll also be better positioned to retire as you'd envisioned, on your own terms.
Time to get started!