In the case of my cousin, everyone kept giving her this sympathetic nod and telling her that it's OK, she'll find somewhere bigger soon and some day she'll have her own house — because that's what you do in the Midwest, you grow up and buy a house. Surely she'll find a space larger than a closet (but you can't beat her insanely low rent price), but for now her living situation suits her lifestyle perfectly. It might feel extra cozy at times but she's not complaining. This space allows her to live where she wants at a price she can afford and work in the field of her choice. Her small space isn't a housing stepping stone in her mind, it's a lifestyle choice.
Do you have difficulties with your family or friends understanding why you love a small space so much? How did you help them come to terms with your new square footage? Are you uncomfortable when you visit friends whose living quarters are tiny? Share your thoughts and advice in the comments below!