I believe we should live within our means (another new concept, huh?) and that we should save for what we want, not act on impulse, and really evaluate all future purchases. My parents feel that they need a big house (3000sqft/4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms/pool) for who knows what reason? It's not for when all of us kids come home because only 2 of the bedrooms are actually for sleeping! One room is for my dad's computer room and other stuff (which is packed to the hilt with stuff) the other is for decorations and various crap (some which haven't seen the light of day for 20+ years). Oh, and they have a two car garage that is so full of stuff you can barely walk in. Not kidding. Anyway, my mom stresses out so much about the house, and who wouldn't, but she's not willing to part with loads and loads of stuff, like she needs to.
So, I may be ranting a bit and all families have their differences, but when I'm home, it's so nice but at the same time it's stressful because I feel like I'm being judged and my "hippie" opinions don't matter. At the same time, I'm glad I'm not like that, I'm glad I think differently and outside of the typical American ideals; I guess that's why I started this blog...I like who I am and damn it, I'm happy. And that's all that matters, right?