Spoiled Brat. Okay, the hubs thinks I'm spoiled by my parents, and unfortunately, I can only concur. I have a good relationship with my parents (which was not the case while growing up --especially in high school and in my earlier college years). Between me and my brothers, they have given us everything we have ever asked for. It's weird, because while in high school, I worked part-time and hardly ever asked them for anything. At that time, I was living in Los Angeles without them, and so I felt like it's only fair that I don't ask them for anything more because they let me stay there. So in high school, I was more frugal, wasn't really into shopping that much, and lived off my allowance money (which wasn't that much at the time) and my work money. But now that I'm older, I actually spend more, definitely shop more, and definitely receive more assistance from my parents. So yes, I'm pretty spoiled because my parents always give me things and I am embarrased. At the same time, they keep telling me, "well who better to share things with than with our own family?" I can't really explain how I feel. I am happy that they are very generous. And at least I do know the value of money because while I do get spoiled by my parents, I still worked hard and I don't take things for granted. I was there when we were struggling to make ends meet. And I am frugal in many different ways. I'm scared for my brothers though, because they are spoiled and I think that they will just take this for granted.
Not to worry though, as soon as I get the paychecks rolling, I have a master plan for my finances and will once and for all, start paying my parents back (for some outstanding debts), and stop asking for and receiving gifts from them. (Which is not to say that I don't appreciate it, because I do). And I definitely know that albeit spoiled, I am certainly not a brat. I consider myself a generous person and always share what I have (not necessarily just material things in life). In short, I do try to be a balanced, independent, and sound person, no matter what people may say.
In that same vein, let me just say that this is the reason why I admire some of my friends. Take my friend Girlie for example (and this is just an example --this is not to exclude equally admirable friends of mine). She's a strong, independent woman who in a short period of time, has already found success in life. She came here from the Philippines in 1994, went to college, found a great job, a great husband, and a great career. Now, only 10 years later, she's self-sufficient, a co-home-owner, has her own money, is a proud dog-owner, is very well situated in life, and she did it all by herself! Like a lot of my other friends, I am proud of her. She worked very hard and deserves all this success!
Actually, most of my friends are in a similar place in life and I just thought I'd give props to all of them. One at a time.