Absolutely without meaning to, you may be holding your partner back from finding their individual path in life. If you feel threatened within the relationship -- for example, the very natural anxiety that your lover's life path may lead away from you -- you express your feelings of vulnerability in an inappropriate way. You might take a really strong stance against, say, your lover moving out of state for a great new job opportunity, or some other kind of separation or change that could threaten the solidity of your relationship.
But change in life is inevitable, isn't it? And following where your life leads you is one of the most important things you can do during your time on this earth. So why stand in their way? The funny thing is, by taking a strong, stubborn stand against change within the relationship, you might even end up pushing your partner away -- in effect, causing the very thing you're so afraid of. So instead of fighting forward progress in your lover's life, you should both try to let each other progress as individuals at the pace and time that are right for you. You both deserve to make your most cherished dreams of a fulfilling future come true, and you shouldn't do each other the disservice of holding each other back from that journey.