Anniversary of a good move
Even so, it's remarkable how well things have worked out. Despite having given up my stable source of income, I was still able to do the traveling I'd been planning, and I found a new job within weeks of returning to the US. I'm still there, and it's still miles better than the job I quit. It's scary to think that, if I'd been a little less willing to take a risk, I might still be at the old place right now.
I remember that there were people there who hated it as much as I did (pretty much everyone hated it) but wouldn't even consider leaving because they feared they wouldn't find anything better. For all I know, those people still are there right now. Their caution was understandable; unlike me, they had families to support. But I'd never advise anyone to put up with abusive and incompetent management or an otherwise intolerable work situation. There is always something better. Yes, I know the economy stinks right now, but that will pass. And even now, people are finding jobs.
Even at those times when things get tough at the current job, all I have to do is think to myself: Yes, but I'm not back there. And that puts it in perspective.