A few years ago I bought one of those Victoria's Secret "add two cup sizes" bras. I never wear it because honestly it feels like walking around with two not-so-soft stuffed animals attached to your chest. A friend once dared me to wear it to a professional conference. I packed it in my suitcase, but I just couldn't do it. I mean how could I expect anyone to take my retirement planning commentary seriously with two stuffed animals attached to me? The bottom line is, perhaps it is fun on occasion, but mostly I feel kind of silly wearing it.
I saw an ad on TV the other day that reminded me of this bra that was hiding somewhere in my drawer, and it started me to thinking about all the things marketed to us so we can pretend we have something we don't. It might be anti-aging products, or maybe knock-off brand items, or maybe an add-two-cup sizes bra. It seems a lot of our society is built on pretending - and of course, it is easy to do the same thing with your retirement planning. You can easily pretend things are better than they are. Sometimes it isn't fun to face reality, but I'm going to make it as fun as possible! If you're ready for a light-hearted look at your retirement planning efforts check out What Bra Does Your Retirement Plan Fit Into?