It certainly would not have happened in my young days. Miss Diarist wrote an interesting post about separating from who would seem to be her boyfriend. He is going overseas, but it is perhaps more complicated than that.
My 21 year old nephew has lived with his girlfriend for at least eighteen months. She is very nice and our family like her. He is going to Glasgow for an unknown time mid this year. He will leave her and they are unsure if they will get back together. He said to her, 'Well, you will probably meet someone........' The marvellousness of young people and their flexibility and tolerance.
I now switch to my 'old person' mode. Come on. Commit or don't. You cannot always have your cake and eat it too. Surely if you decide to live with someone and all that entails, you need to love them or feel very strongly for them. Why would you want to leave them to go off and have fun on your own?
While I expect Miss Diarist is feeling a little bruised, I think it is good that her beau clearly indicated that he did not consider her life long partner material. My nephew is not the brightest pea in the pod and he has looked forward to this Scottish sojourn for longer than he has known his g/f, but still. All very odd. I will give his mother a good cross questioning when I see her on Monday.