What's the longest you lived in a place you HATED and how did you cope with it?

I moved from sunny, cheerful Texas to Anchorage Alaska 8 months ago. I completely and ABSOLUTELY hate it here. It's dark and cold all the time, and there is NOTHING to do. I'm nostalgic and depressed most of the time. I have 2 small children and my husband takes the car every single day (weekends included) cause he's going to school and works P/T so I don't have a vehicle and it's way too cold to go out for a stroll. If this wasn't enough, we're living with his parents AND the plan is to stay until he graduates in 3-4 more years. I'm dying inside. I am doing this for love and support for my husband but I'm rotting inside. I try to find indoor activities for me and the kids and eventually run out of ideas. I'm suffering anxiety to see all this snow and darkness and not being able to do ANYTHING. Please help. Have you been in my situation? I know this is temporary and everything's going to be alright, but in the meantime I feel like I'm not living my life, I'm just existing and it's killing me! DeAnn, I am actually a Jesus follower. Prayer has been constant, still, I have my moments where I question why?! why would he allow all this suffering? everything that can possibly be wrong IS wrong: not having a car? ok go for a walk...TOO COLD! ok stay in and enjoy the comfort of your home, NO HOME HERE! it's my inlaws home. Everything you suggested sounds good, excpet everything requires a car. I haven't been able to make it to church because my husband works ALL WEEKEND 'til really late. By the time he comes home is night timne already. I see your point and appreciate the advice but it doesn't change anything. I'm stuck. I've considered leaving my husband but that would be a permanent (and painful) solution to a temporary problem. My problem is, what do I do to ease this pain? I've prayed to God that if he can't change my situation, then change my heart! I want to like it here and enjoy it while it lasts because is not forever, and I still feel like like no matter where I look, I LOATHE it here! I met a couple of mothers (my kids are young, 1 and 3 so they do not go to school) but it's hard to meet up when I don't have a vehicle, and playdates at "our" place are hard because in the end it is not my house and my mother in law is very particular about her things and kids running around the house. Seriously, it doesn't matter what I want to do, I can't for one or another reason. :(

Asked By: ME - 1/20/2013
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I lived in Henderson, Nevada for two years. That's not a very long time, but considering I'm in my teen years, that amounts to a fairly substantial block of my life experience. I really didn't like it, because of the people, pollution, casinos and tacky lights everywhere because of proximity to Las Vegas and the Strip... More
Answered By: Hi - 1/20/2013
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Not lived but I had to cope with my high school until I graduated.
Answered By: Max - 1/20/2013
I wouldn't be able to live in Alaska for 8 days, much less 8 months. I'm a sun person also, so I... More
Answered By: DeAnne - 1/20/2013
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