Your lover can help you to lay the groundwork for establishing your own path in life. You come to them as a work in progress -- you haven't quite reached where you're going yet, and they look at you and recognize you as the person they used to be, full of questions and ideas, but maybe lacking in direction and determination. They can help you to develop those qualities that are so necessary to moving forward in life.
You talk a lot together about your dreams and aspirations, and they have a gentle way of nudging you along your path with well-placed bits of advice and encouragement. They feel a great deal of sympathy for your trials and tribulations; perhaps they've been through it themselves before, or maybe they just really identify closely with you on an emotional level. Either way, the feeling of sympathy is high between you, as is your dedication to responsibility, hard work and problem-solving. Though you're romantically involved, your relationship could take on a distinct teacher-student aspect -- but this is a good thing, not a bad one, especially if you can take turns with the roles. You have a lot to teach to each other and a lot to learn as well, so capitalizing on this opportunity is key.