We all know about fear of commitment, but what is it that causes you to wish you could run away, even when you know you want to spend the rest of your life with that perfect person who makes you smile?
There's a little bit of fear of the unknown in any relationship, especially when it involves long commitments, such as moving into a home together, sharing a name or starting a family.
One way you can get past this kind of trepidation is to identify the things you know you wish you could do, especially if you think you won't be able to do them anymore! Check out your horoscope sign to see what you can do to get those final ya-yas out and stay on track with a stable, sane and settled-down lifestyle.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You put the "X" in "X-treme," Aries, and it could be hard to find a partner who shares your love of sports and activities that could eventually involve bodily harm. Whether you want to fly like a bird or swim like a fish, you will want to go the whole nine yards. Now's the time to put on a jumpsuit, take to the air and leap out in mid-flight! Or, you could consider spending a week diving with the sharks. If logistics prevent you from going to these extremes, try a skydiving simulator or an afternoon at your favorite aquarium.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You can never have too many of life's little luxuries ... at least not in your opinion! The problem is, a new permanent partner or the prospect of starting a family could seem like a drain on your pocketbook, no matter how full it might be at the start. The temptation to splurge on that one, beautiful thing you've always wanted to hold in your hand and say "that's MINE!" could be pressing at this point in time. Think high-end jewelry and pricey automobiles, but if you can't go all the way with your whims, a box of premium chocolates might make a decent consolation prize.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Standing still can seem like a death sentence to you, especially when you're about to pledge your flirtation-ending vow to stay in just one relationship. That's why you should allow yourself to take one last turn on the dance floor, at least pretending you don't have someone waiting for you to pick out a china pattern both of you can live with. As long as you don't do anything you'll need to apologize for later, a little flirting won't hurt anybody. If you're beyond the point of trusting yourself to indulge in that kind of interaction, you might consider reading a saucy novel about a serial adulterer instead.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Most of the people who've been involved in the same domestic scene with you come to realize there are some great things about you -- cooking and nurturing skills, for example -- and some attributes you need to work on. Hoarding and taking in too many people and things to take care of would be on the list of not-so-hot things about living with you. So, although you'll be thrilled at the prospect of setting up a new home with someone you love or welcoming a child into your nest, it won't hurt to do one more thing that's just for you. Go ahead and acquire that Limoges collection you've been craving, or if you're on a budget, adopt a fluffy puppy or kitten before you dare to share your nest with another human being.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
It's shamefully simple to tame a Lion like you, and your prospective life partner, or the little cub you could be welcoming into the den, will wrap you around their fingers with ease. Still, before you settle into the lap of domestic bliss, it won't hurt to take one last effort at literally making your way into the spotlight. Take your biggest show-biz type talent and do your best to turn it into a paid performance! A small investment and plenty of practice is all you need, whether you want to start your own garage band, sing opera or star in a major musical. And, if they won't let you set foot in the Hollywood Bowl, there's always the local karaoke club down the street!
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
The sheer panic you feel when someone is about to invade your space can be enough to make you wonder if it's really practical for you to move in with anyone, no matter how much you are in love. Is it really practical to maintain separate closets and bathrooms, or can you learn to deal with the way your significant other squeezes the toothpaste from mid-tube? Before you take the plunge, you might want to sneak into your new love nest -- or the about-to-arrive baby's room -- to ensure it is organized the way you demand it to be! If that's not possible, you can consider re-filing recipes or ditching old e-mails to clean out your computer files instead.