Outgrown my relationship

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Registered: 07-29-2005
Outgrown my relationship
Sat, 09-28-2013 - 9:29pm

Hey everyone! I came to ivillage to hopefully get some support and advice. I've been in a relationship for 6 years and I've come to the realization that I have outgrown it. My boyfriend and have always had an amazing friendship and great foundation. We make each other laugh and I'm extremely comfortable with me. Now that I'm 27 I realize what I truly want in a spouse and unfortunately my boyfriend is not that man. As much as I love him I am not in love with him any more.

We grew up very differently and that seems to consistently cause problems and disagreements. He's known for the past years what I want and how I want to be treated, unfortunately he has not been able to do those things. 

I'm on here because I am petrified to be alone and if I stay with him I'd be very close to getting married. I want to get married very much (and my family wants that as well). Im scared to end the relationship because I don't want to look like a failure and I dont want to deal with everyone asking a million questions. He's all that I know of my adult life. I also don't know if I have the strength to leave the comfort of the relationship. I know that I would be OK with spending the rest of my life with him, but I would be settling. What can I do? Please help!! 

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Registered: 09-18-2003
Sun, 09-29-2013 - 12:04am

Consider spending some time apart so you can both gather your thoughts and see what life is like without each other. Don't make any rash final decisions !!

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Registered: 09-11-2013
Sun, 09-29-2013 - 5:24pm
I agree with Lasvicious - time apart may be good to search your feelings. You definitely don't want to settle but nobody is perfect either. Also, you can't change a person but with communication, quite often, you can make your situation better. Good luck!
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Registered: 09-14-2012
Wed, 10-16-2013 - 3:10pm

I agree with everyone that you should take a break and spend time apart.

I married my one and only adult relationship. Over the years I had the same recurring doubts.  I have never been strong enough to leave him and now I am almost 30 again questioning whether or not I want to stay married and have his children. I, too am afraid to be alone but now I am married, have a mortgage and closer family ties. The stakes are higher. 

I look back and I wish I would have taken a break to date other men and see what else is out there. It seems like you want to leave but you are afraid. I suggest you take a leap of faith. I know it is hard to leave but you are not married.  If you are wrong and one day you are meant to be with him, you will be.  Good luck!