I live in a place which seems to discourage outliers and game-changing of any kind. It is becoming more and more difficult to stay here on an emotional level. Alas, there are certain responsibilities which require that I stay here at least for another year or so.
Earlier this summer, I expanded my social circle to include other fellow gypsy souls whom have also spent many years living outside of the Midwest. This helps me to stay grounded in who I am without pandering to the entrenched social mores which seem to guide the masses here.