Partner wants musician to abandon his 'childish fantasy'
Dear Amy: I have been with my boyfriend for more than six months now. He is the sweetest and greatest man I have ever dated, and I want to spend my life with him.
I make more money, have a great home and I'm an extremely independent person. Because I followed this path and am a few years older (29 vs. 26), I am concerned that he won't ever "grow up." I feel like he is still chasing this wild childlike fantasy of being in a band and going on short tours.
He has never asked for money and does odd jobs, so I am never paying for all of our expenses. I do probably spend more on us, but I make more, so I'm totally OK with that. However, once upon a time, I would not have tolerated dating someone with ambitions that didn't follow a "normal" path.
We've talked about taking the next steps for our future, including marriage, but I'm not sure how he can expect those things to happen without getting a full-time job and letting go of the music fantasy life.
While I've seen a little progress, things aren't necessarily going quickly in the direction I want.
Am I settling on him because he is an awesome person and treats me like a queen? Or am I being a brat by wanting more stability and growth from him?
-- Worried Girlfriend
Dear Girlfriend: What you seem to be doing is looking at your adult partner and branding him as a child because he doesn't want what you want. He wants to be a musician, and the life you describe -- working temporary jobs and gigging when you can -- is the musician's life.
You should proceed in this relationship with a clear objective for each of you to get what you want in life.
If nothing in his life changes, would you still want to be with him? Are you willing to be the steady financial backbone while he continues pursuing the life of an artist?