The sense of change and loss that will pervade this year could be difficult to deal with, unless you remind yourselves and each other that the structures and attitudes leaving your lives now are doing so for a good reason. The changes that happen now are positive ones in the long run -- it's that short run that will be so hard to handle. You may both feel like the rug is being pulled out from under your comfortable existence.
On the other hand, the excitement of this period is undeniable. Even as you're both feeling tense and anxious about the future of your relationship, you'll also notice a certain thrill that comes from having the boundaries that you know so well blown wide open. The changes occurring now are at a deep level -- the level of long-held beliefs and attitudes, of habitual behaviors and methods of communication -- so in that sense, they will affect you profoundly. Suddenly, the ways in which you've been relating to each other no longer work, and you have to find new ones. At some level, you both understand that things are never going to be the same between you. But keep hope in your hearts that you're graduating to a better way of being together.