Of course, I went to the meeting. I learned about plenty of things, about options I have in order to have my money productive. I learned about time deposits and what not, about percentages, I learned about the 2008 financial crisis, I learned about retirement funds, I learned about German banking systems and retirement benefits, and so the meeting consisted of me discussing my future, especially my future after I am 67, when I would be retiring.
See, I never actually thought about this topic before. Up until last summer, I was a student. I never thought further until graduation, and the immediate life after that. I thought about getting a job, about my future plans, but not until when I would be 67. Heck, that would be 2049.
So my bank explained to me what my options are. That is, if I set aside X amount of money from my monthly paycheck, how it would earn interest, and later on, I could use it to live further after I am done working. So I saw graphs, and whatnot. And yes, I do acknowledge that I should start thinking about this. So I am. It's just that somehow, I had a feeling that I am just starting things (yes, this is my first actual job after getting out of school, and to some degree, the novelty hasn't worn out yet), but I already need to think about things at the end.
One thought I had while I was in the meeting, was how more concrete this was. I saw exact figures pertaining to the money the German government would be giving me if I continue on paying German taxes and retire here later in life. Basically, it's some sort of paying it forward. I think I like that, and it is more concrete than say, religion. Where they want you to be pious for this life, so that you'll have a good afterlife. When no one is sure there's an afterlife in the first place.