Austin, it appears that you love the community that you live in. I say this because you say that it is difficult to “break free.”
Here is some food for thought…
If you don’t want to change your circumstance because you love your community, I encourage you to apply the words Peter Davis shared with us at the IDEA Convention. He said…
BE THE CHANGE.
The only way we can be the change is by surrounding ourselves with people who value what we value.
One thing that I thought was amazing when I was at the convention was the amount of people who traveled from different parts of California in order to be at the convention. Perhaps this is something you might consider. At IDEA World we are all surrounded by folks who value what we value.
The IDEA World Convention is designed to inspire us, renew us, invigorate us, so that we can share our newly acquired knowledge to others within our community. I hope you decide to come one year. If not IDEA World another event where you can be surrounded by people who share your same values.
I do hope this is of help to you.