Damn Kevin! Little bit of Davy Crockett coming out in ya "Rough and Tumble no holds barred!"
I have been tested and I have no empathy, sorry.
The border guys I have known all my life seem to be doing ok. Good jobs in rural Maine. I have run a chainsaw behind a cable skidder for $5.50 a cord. Cut 10 to 14 cord a day, out before daylight, home after dark, do the math, no benefits. While the union(paper mill)guys I played ball with were getting $18/hr. and sleeping through their shift because the had to much to drink the night before work. Full benefits. The disparity between unionized labor and the rest of rural Maine created my attitude towards unions. Not the people that get union jobs, just the system and what it does to them. They lose perspective. I could go on for many more sentences but I have done that before.
Celebrate your good job, don't lose perspective about how things have been and could be again in rural Maine. I think you said you grew up poor, so you probably won't forget.
I am a glass is half empty guy because of my life experience, but implore other people to be the opposite when they have good jobs and can't see or forget how much tougher it could be.