In 1985, after making it back to the future from 1955, Marty joined Doc for a drive 30 years into the future. That future is now.

If the alternate of the "Back to the Future" film series were accurate, we'd be easing along on hoverboards, navigating skyways in flying cars and enjoying the luxuries of self-lacing sneakers and self-fitting jackets.

In that imagined "Future," we conduct business by fax and watch multiple channels of entertainment on the wall.

In some ways, today is far more advanced than the imagined one of the movies. You don't see any computers or online services in the movie - let alone the computers most of us carry around with us in the form of smartphones and tablets.

Today, you can do a far better job of predicting your own future. Just visit the Retirement Estimator at mator. With the Retirement Estimator, you can plug in some basic information to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future benefits. Different choices in life can alter the course of your future, so try out different scenarios such as higher and lower future earnings amounts and various retirement dates to get a good prediction of how such things can change your future benefit amounts.

As Doc said in the final moments of the film series, no one's future has been written yet. "Your future is what you make it. So make it a good one."

With the information you get from the Retirement Estimator, you'll have a better idea of what types of savings and pensions you may need, and at what age you should consider retiring - to make your future the best it can be.

You don't need a converted DeLorean or flux capacitor or even a team of creative filmmakers to predict your future. Just visit the Retirement Estimator at

And when you're ready to put that future in motion, apply for benefits online at  If you have questions, our number is 1-800-772-1213. The Tyler office is at 5509 S. Donnybrook Ave.

Leo Rossler is a Social Security district manager based in Tyler.


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