When I first started working, retirement seemed ages away. It wasn't until my parents reached retirement age, and I started talking to them about their plans and strategies that true importance of saving for retirement really hit home for me. I had been contributing to retirement, but seeing that my dad did not have to worry when he retired because of his steady contributions on his retirement plan.
Often planning for things do not really hit home until you see how choices have affected someone close to you. It is important to plan carefully so that you can retire comfortably. You do not need to worry about your future if you are steadily saving for it. Take the time now to make sure you are taking advantage of any employee match that you have. If you do this, you will be on your way to retiring comfortably.