“Dad would love that!”
That’s what we say now that he’s gone. He can’t tell us, so we fill in the gaps.
The truth is, I was often surprised by what my father loved. But now that he’s not an active part of the conversation… I have to guess.
That’s what happens when you fill in someone else’s part in a conversation. It’s a guess. You don’t actually know.
There are lots of people left out of the financial conversation. Lots of people we don’t ask about which things they find hard, or what they would find most helpful. So even the most well-meaning of us in the financial world, we take a guess instead…
And I would imagine, from the prevalence of financial stress lots of people are feeling at the moment… we’re not always guessing right.
So maybe, if those groups/people are still around, it would be better to just ask… and start building solutions from there.