Just had a thought. Don't be too shocked!
I have been paying attention to the new laws being passed in California. Gun restrictions; vaccine schedules. Scary things are happening all around the country.
If I lived in California still, I honestly think I would simple live. I would be (not completely) ignorant of politics and government antics. When I was there, I didn't have time to dwell on these things, even the future of our country.
Now I have a freedom I never did before. Times are tough and if I could find a way to help bring income to my family, that would be good. But I have a simplicity I never knew in California.
In Mississippi, I don't sit in traffic at all. In Mississippi, I'm not working 40 hours at work, commuting 10 hours a week or more, working from home 10 or more hours. In Mississippi, work is left at work. In Mississippi, we sit and talk together as a family in the evenings because we are all home.
I know that this has to do with circumstances and isn't a difference because of the actual place I'm in. It just happens that we are in Mississippi.