This exactly. When you live with someone, you don't get to have secrets (I mean, you can, but it's probably not healthy), and everything you experience will be together to some extent (even if you are apart). A lot of people think it's all about figuring out who does the dishes and who picks up the laundry, or think there's nothing left to learn after already having been together x number of years. There's always something left to learn, no matter how long you've been together.
Originally Posted by Ashley
OP, you should do whatever feels right to you, not what your Mom says you should do. If you are old enough to live on your own or with a partner, you're also old enough to make your own decisions. It's not a decision to be taken lightly, but you need to decide what feels genuine for you and your BF and then do it.
For my fiance and I, moving in together was the right thing to do. We wanted to live together, plain and simple (we weren't testing it out for marriage or anything like that). We lived together a year in my apartment, then bought a house. Then we got engaged, and next year we'll be married. This was the right order of things for us, based on the things we value, but it wouldn't be right for everyone. I do not think living together is essential for a good marriage, but I also don't think it's detrimental unless you make it that way.
So this is life, eh? Hmm, I'm surprised; not what I was expecting. I guess I'll roll with the punches, and take it one day at a time. I'll find love where I least expect it. I'll laugh till I cry. I'll make the best of every moment. And most importantly, on the day I die, I guess I'll be able to look back and say, "Damn, what a ride!".
RIP My darling. We'll all miss you, now until forever.