This video eloquently expresses the future shock boomers and later generations (people just like us who you know) are facing.
It sounds almost poetic; it is quite long, but stick with it (I know it’s hard for you) – it is a major life lesson:
TED video: retirement reality check
Remember that this woman is from affluent America!!
Swallowing our pride and coming out are the hardest thing to do if you’ve grown up in the Consumer Age, keeping up with the Joneses. Downsizing and offloading all that hard earned stuff is not easy.
Relying on the State is just foolish. Age pension will shrink as longevity increases.
Check out your parents – they will hide their plight from you; it is anathema for you to help them out!
- Show them this video
- Talk to them;
- ask them to show how they are coping
- suggest ways for downsizing and trimming sails
- consider more communal living if it reduces living costs and increases income
If you are young, start now to work out how you are going to live after you retire (probably at age 72).
My view is that families should combine on rural land and produce as much food as possible.