The words we use have power. “The pen is mightier than the sword” is one of those saying that’s stood the test of time because frankly… it’s true. Words can give things meaning, and as they evolve over time, they have the ability to change that meaning. That’s why it’s so important to use our words carefully when speaking with others, but also to be careful with the words we use when speaking to ourselves — especially about our retirement.
There’s usually a short list of buzz word we hear when it comes to retirement: plan, strategize, secure, save, invest, build, provide, etc., etc. While these words help get us into a certain mindset, that may become a problem as the way we plan for retirement starts to shift.
Moneywatch’s Steve Vernon offers 50 different words to better associate with retiring and planning for retirement.
Different Words, Healthier Retirement Lingo
The list Vernon provides is not to replace any buzz words, but simply adds another point of view on retiring. The majority of the list centers on readjusting, diverting from the traditional path, and being kind to yourself. That last one is something we don’t really think about when planning our retirement.
The situation we all find ourselves in as made it difficult to feel positive about the future. We can’t predict what will happen next, but what we can do is face the here-and-now and be kind to ourselves while we do so.
The Council for Retirement Security wants seniors to remember that Social Security is not a privilege but a right. Seniors have worked hard, and they deserve the benefits that they have already paid into.
Join the Council in its efforts to protect the Social Security Trust, and remember that retirement is a time to be kind to yourself, you deserve it.