Do you give up everything for love?

posted 6 days ago in Engagement
Post # 2
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think the answer is really a personal one – dependant on the individual relationship and how long you have been together. With that said, it sounds like for you, it is a deal breaker. It also sounds like, your girlfiriend hasnt given much thought as to what would make YOU happy, only what she wants. She has decided it suits her to move and if you dont like it, too bad. That doesnt sound like the makings of a lasting partnership.  My opinion would be, if moving to another city will make you unhappy, you woul definitely not be happy if the relationship failed and you were in another city. 

Side note – if anyone suggested I “get rid of my dogs” for any reason, nevermind to follow them to another city… they would be out on the pavement so fast their heads would spin, NEVER to be forgiven. Definitely not someone who would be worthy of my time. End of story. 

Post # 3
242 posts
Helper bee

How far away does she want to move?  Does she have connections elsewhere?

Post # 4
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Wow.  So many deal breakers.  I would never imagine dropping your entire life for another person without being married, and even then, it would need to make sense.  She sounds selfish and if she is threatening to leave you to pursue a life somewhere else without compromise, doesn’t that say something about what she thinks about your relationship? 

Also – you had me at giving up the dogs.  Hell no. 

Post # 5
1018 posts
Bumble bee

You said yourself that if you move you won’t be happy. So there’s your answer. Don’t move. But on the other hand, you’ve got to let her go. She’s basically told you that if she stays, then she’ll be unhappy (she’s got goals she wants to reach). It’s not fair for you to push for her to stay, just as it’s not fair for her to push for you to move.

You guys just aren’t compatible anymore.

Post # 6
2240 posts
Buzzing bee

No. You already said in so many words that you know you won’t be happy. Don’t put yourself through this. A relationship is supposed to be a partnership. This one is far from that.

Post # 7
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Only you can make that call. You obviously want different things. It sounds like you’re giving consideration to her feelings, but she doesn’t seem to be reciprocating that. I think that’s a huge red flag. It’s also no skin off of her back to move away, because she isn’t established where you live. You will be the one making the big sacrifices, not her. But you are the one that will have to decide what you love/want more: to be close to your family, or to have her in your life. It doesn’t sound like you can choose both. Which one would you be more devastated over losing? I can definitely relate to the desire to travel and live elsewhere, but you don’t want one of you being miserable. I agree with PP that the suggestion to get rid of your dog would make me kick someone in the pants. As a dog mommy, that would NEVER be an option for me. Nor would I tolerate someone trying to force me to give up my fur baby. 

Post # 9
6670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

vince25 :  

Put me firmly in the camp of ‘getting rid of my dogs’ equals the death knell for the relationship.  Anyone who could even suggest such a thing is too heartless for my taste and clearly does not know me at all.

When I met Dh I had five, yes five very big, very social German Shepherds.  He threw himself fully into developing relationships with them.  Today, we have three and he actually does more for them than I.

I would not have married him otherwise.

As for the rest of your gf’s demands—completely, totally unreasonable.  It’s her way or nothing.  She’s emotionally blackmailing you.  It’s hard to fathom how you could expect to have a happy life with this selfish manipulator.

Stay where you are.  You love your job, your community, your life.  Hold out for a woman who will treat you with some respect.

Post # 10
182 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t think it’s a good sign that she basically gave you an ultimatum to move or it’s over, and isn’t giving any consideration to all of the sacrifices you’d be making. It kind of shows what kind of person she is that she would give up on you that easily. 

Post # 11
242 posts
Helper bee

vince25 :  It sounds like there is no compromise to be made in terms of location.  You two have different priorities and are not on the same path anymore.  She does not know what she wants other than to not be there.  You are rooted and have a future where you are.  It does not make practical or financial sense for you to move, especially if you know now it will not make you happy.  Also, who needs in-laws who posses such exceedingly poor judgment that they want to get rid of your dogs and house? 

Post # 12
7614 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2016

My husband did move for me and gave up his family and friends and town. It has impacted his overall happiness and still does even 5 years later.

Honestly, if I could go back in time I wouldn’t have let him do it knowing how hard it’s been on his overall happiness.

Post # 13
1017 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Life is too short to do things that make you unhappy, and it sounds like this move would make you really unhappy. For that reason, no, I don’t think you should move. Not to mention, if she is that easily willing to give you an ultimatum “move with me or we break up”, then it sounds like she’s just not that into you.

Post # 14
821 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I don’t think you should be giving up everything for love. I think there should be a compromise involved. 


When I asked my now fiance to move away from family, I looked for benefits for both of us before suggesting it, I didn’t just look at how it helped me. 

Post # 15
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Love and partnerships should add to your life, not take away from them. You shouldn’t have to “give up everything” and if it feels like you are doing that then it will forever be a cloud over your relationship. It sounds like you and your gf have different goals and visions in life and it’s time to let her go. In the future you could both find other partners whose life plans are more aligned .

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