A couple of my older friends and I went out to a later dinner last night and the topic of personal relationships came up--either ones that we're in or that we're surrounded by.
One friend brought up a riff that has recently come up in her marriage. While she's often supportive of her husband's ideas, his recent decision to join the coast guard has caused the two to butt heads. She isn't at all happy with that idea and he seems very determined to make that newfound goal a reality (past goals have included, sailing, flying, etc.).
The other friend mentioned his siblings' current marriage crises. One sister has an alcoholic husband and has finally reached her tolerance limit after he disappeared on a 3-day bender. The other sister had her husband threaten to leave her if she didn't get out of this depression that seemed to drag him down too.
(I don't know too many details about their marriages or how long they've been together, but I'd imagine well over five or ten years.)
Alcoholism and depression hit me a little closer to home than I'd like to talk about, and hearing about marriages falling apart because of them really upsets me.
While you often have to keep your best interests at heart, it would be damnably hard to leave someone in need of help and support.
What would you do in these situations--what would you do if your SO made a big, life-changing decision you didn't agree with? How would you handle an SO who's battling alcoholism or depression? Have you ever been in a similar situation?