Hello and thank you in advance to anyone willing to give me some advice. I was with my first girlfriend for six months and we just broke up last week. I am in my mid 20's so I guess you could call me a late bloomer. Anyway, the whole six months of dating was pretty great overall. We were very compatible, had lots in common, didn't argue much etc. There was also lots of sweet romantic gestures and very tender, sweet sex. The first 4 months or so of the relationship I was just trying to enjoy it and not get too caught up in the future because I didn't know where we were headed. Then around month 4 I started to really consider a future together. I knew that eventually my (now ex) girlfriend would have to move to a bigger city to pursue her education. I started to think about what it might look like for me to go with her. The idea was very abstract because no decisions had been made and there was no particular timeline on when she would go. Anyway, last week with tears in her eyes she broke up with me, saying that although she didn't want to break up, she also didn't want to disappoint me. She thought that she just wasn't ready for a serious relationship. At the same time she also explained that she'd decided where she was going to school (she will be leaving for the big city in about 6 months). I was totally blindsided. I hadn't even imagined we would be breaking up at this point. She told me that she just didn't think she could be there for me emotionally. It may be worth mentioning that she is also a few years younger than I am. She had shared with me early in our relationship that she has an ongoing struggle with anxiety. I was very accepting and supportive, but I am wondering if this is possibly a contributing factor. She basically told me that the idea of a serious relationship causes her panic. I was certainly surprised because she always behaved so romantically and treated me so well. She was the one who asked me to be her girlfriend. Anyway, now I feel totally confused because our relationship was so great up until it wasn't. It feels so strange to know that she is living right down the road from me, but that I will likely never see or speak to her again. We did agree that continuing our relationship until she moved would probably just make things harder for us both, especially because she didn't feel ready to have me move with her. I know that I will just have to move on but right now I am so confused and hurt. I am especially hurt because I really put my self out there as we were breaking up and basically said I was willing to do just about anything to see if we could make it work. She still said she wasn't ready, but that she wished she were. I am glad that now I know for sure that I want a serious relationship... I just don't quite know what to do differently in the future and I miss my girlfriend a lot. Any advice from anyone out there? Maybe someone could shed some light on how my ex is feeling?