I am looking for some advice.
I have been dating a young woman for 8 months, and I am thinking about proposing to her. My father says, "You should not marry a woman you could live with; you should marry the woman who you cannot live without." However, I am puzzled by this, because I love this woman very much, yet it is a stretch to say I could not live without her. I have lived most of my life alone...why could I not just keep on doing that? I do not wish to do that (I wish to be with her), but I see no reason why I should now be incapable of it.
I have a job, a place to live, clothes to wear, and food to eat. I do not need her for any of these things. I love her, but if we split up, I would certainly continue to breath and function, to work and eat. Does this mean I should not marry her?