I’m glad you have a sense of belonging and peace back in your home town.
I grew up in rural Appalachia, in a small town with a population of only 1500. It was a quiet existance there. But it was a very religious area. There were more churches than businesses lol.
Growing up there, my family were very strict pentecostal Christians. I was the pianist and music director of my church starting at the age of 14. So everything revolved around religion.
As I grew up, and came to terms with my sexual preference, I was no longer welcome there. In fact, I was threatened on an almost daily basis. It became unsafe for me to live there. So I moved away to Florida for college and never looked back.
Things haven’t changed at all there. So I could never move back. I simply wouldn’t feel safe, and certainly not welcomed.
The religiousity of my family has been an issue with my schizophrenia too. They still believe its a form of demon possession and can be prayed away.
Definitely not a place for me to live again!