I grew up where everything was smaller. We lived in a small house. The gas prices were very high so we had a small car we could barely fit into. The big things I got were clothes. That was so I would not grow out of them too fast. I applaud my parents for doing all they could to provide. Because of their dedication to get me through school, I can now support them in their retirement. I could have taken my salary and bought a big house. Instead, I looked for nicely sized apartments in Houston TX where I now worked. If you look around, you can get a big apartment for a low lease price.
I used to say as a young teenager how I was going to grow up and drive a big car and live in a big house. I told everyone that my clothes were going to be designed by a personal tailor. It was just the frustration of youth. Now that I am an adult and see how the real world works, my thoughts as well as my aspirations are different. I owe my parents and I love them. It is my responsibility to make sure they are provided for as they reach retirement age. I easily decided to forgo the big house and big car, and I buy my clothes off of the rack. Not because I do not make enough money but because it is the right thing for me to do.
When I was looking for apartments in Houston TX I thought I would be getting a really small place for the lease amount I decided on. However, I actually found some really nice apartments that are quite big. The place I have has more square footage than the house I grew up in with my parents and my sister. I went from a small house to a smaller dorm room to now having an apartment both could fit into. Times have changed for me and what I can now do for my family. Mom and dad do not want to move out of the small house. Of course, now it is big enough for the two of them. Mom says it feels too big even.