I wanted him when I was a teenager, but now I want out

DEAR ABBY: I am a 24 year old woman who has been in a relationship with a man for seven years. “Ken” is 27 years older than I am. (I pursued him.)

Jeanne Phillips

I love him, but I’ve always been a little confused about my relationship with him, and he knows it well.

Lately, I have been feeling very guilty. My heart knows that my love for Ken is not enough for what he truly deserves.

He is a good, honest man and I enjoy our relationship. We have a good time together, have a lot in common and form a good team. I feel good about us and our lives.

But recently I have realized that I want to be alone, alone and not in a relationship. I feel a strong desire to focus on me and only me so I can grow into the person I imagine myself to be. Any advice beyond the obvious – am I leaving the relationship?



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