It is very common for people to feel anxious when it comes to planning for retirement. Oftentimes, this anxiety can stem from concern about the complexity of the process, the uncertainty of the outcomes, nervousness about having started to plan to late or trying to piece together the different parts that make a cohesive plan work. Ultimately, retirement worries stem from the understanding that life costs money and when you’re not sure where it’s going to come from, that causes stress.

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If we look at society and societal norms, a lot of weight is given to success when it comes to defining happiness. If we see a person who is successful, it is often assumed that they are happy. On an existential level, we should consider what it all means. In reality, we actually have no idea whether or not that person is either happy or successful; for a couple of reasons: First of all, we can only measure someone else’s success or happiness by what we know about them. Secondly, and more importantly, we can only measure someone else’s success or happiness by how we define success and happiness. There is really no way of knowing whether their measures are even similar to our own.

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

–Robert Frost, excerpt from the Road Not Taken

In a recent article from Financial Advisor Magazine that identified the regrets, many people have for not taking more risks in life. “Among the top regrets were: not following their dreams, not taking risks with their careers, not taking risks with their lives in general, and not being gutsy enough in the choices they made.

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