My family and I have moved back to our hometown area of Eastern Kentucky. I have found it very interesting to observe the changes in my attitude and demeanor during this transition. In nearly every way I can imagine, I am feeling better. The crazy thing is we have only been back for about a month. Perhaps there truly is no place like home.
While living In Lexington I worked in an office staring at the same walls with no windows. I was just going through life in the hustle of a medium sized city, doing all of the same routines, and struggling to maintain my lifestyle which doesn't come cheap. I was becoming fatter and increasingly less motivated to do anything productive. I knew that I was certainly broken, but I had no will to change things.
While it is not literally a fresh start -- I kept my job from Lexington, I just telecommute now -- it has been a symbolic one. I have a new outlook on things, I'm much happier and feel very revitalized.
This area has changed a lot since I grew up here. The places are much the same, but the people have mostly moved on. I do still have my family, which was the primary motivation for moving back in the first place. Most of the very few people I know that do still live in this area, I haven't talked to in years... unless you count Facebook activity streams. The social climate for someone who holds my beliefs in this neck of the woods is a little rough, but I know there has to be some people out there among the 65K Pike Countians who at least somewhat align with me on these things.