I like the quality of life here more than I do life in the states, but there are compromises. I like that I have paid zero for anything health related - I live in Scotland and don't even have to pay for prescriptions. It does take time to get used to how dire everything can look here, but then I think back to hospitals in the states, with huge atriums and rando other fancy sh*t and I think to myself - I'd rather it look sh*t but be satisfactory and free than to have useless niceties but have to pay out the nose for it. My sister's births cost thousands and that was with insurance. And they were waaaaay over-medicalised, all three of them, with no chance of progressing naturally.
I was able to have two attempted homebirths on the NHS, one successful and one not, for no money at all. Did you know the midwives and health visitors come to your house to check on your and your baby after the birth - hospital births included?
Any other health problems we've had (minor, to be sure) have been dealt with perfectly fine on the NHS. And in the meantime, we are free to live without crippling medical debt or fear of it.
My husband works and I stay at home and work part time, not so much out of choice initially but its worked out really well. From the term after a child's third birthday, they get a nursery place for 16 hours a week, so I am currently writing this message from a child-free house - woohoo! Childcare is very expensive, as it is most places, but at least its highly regulated, unlike in the states, where wee babies can be left in home-daycare with about a thousand other kids. I exaggerate, but still - its hit or miss and I'm sure if you're not wealthy, you can feel forced to put your kid in some pretty subpar childcare situations in the states, just to be able to get by.
My ma always wants us to move back to the states, saying that my husband, who's an electronics engineer, would make tonnes more money there.
Which is true.
However, here, he works 8/9 hour days, tops. He never works from home. He gets nearly two weeks off at Christmas and another 3-4 weeks to take over the course of the year. And all this is taken as normal - he's still progressing within his company and isn't seen as a slacker or anything. I don't think that'd be the same if we lived back in the states.
Moving away from the states showed me how much I didn't really need, even if it is nice. I'd like a tumble drier, but I don't need one. I'd like a bigger house, but its not necessary. A bigger car would be sweet, but when I go home and see everyone driving around in huge cars it just seems a bit wasteful. Handy, for sure, but not necessary.
I dunno. These are just my thoughts. And I live in Scotland and things are different up here, simpler.