Do you have "fancy" friends who don't understand your lifestyle? (and I'm not talking about anything sexual).
To be honest, I don't understand their lifestyle either. I feel sorry for them. And I'm sure they feel sorry for me. That's the part that really makes me mad.
Did you see the article online a few weeks ago about places where you can buy a house for the same price as a car? I live in one of those houses. It's less than 1000 square feet and sometimes it feels a little cramped, but it suits my husband and me and we can afford it.
By living in a small house in a small town, I don't need to work full time, which gives me the real riches that I crave...time and freedom.
Another friend is complaining that her workload is so heavy she's afraid she won't be able to get time off for an exotic family vacation. I won't have an exotic family vacation, but I just spent an hour outside in the sunshine reading a book on a day when she's stressed out about work.
Sure, we're supposed to respect each other's choices. But I think I'd respect their choices more if they seemed happy with their lives and there really isn't much evidence to support that.