Let's say you're working at a job you don't particular like for not all that much money. An opportunity suddenly comes up where you can get a job you like that will pay more. The catch is that you have to relocate to halfway across the country in order to take that job.
Now, here's where it gets interesting. What if I told you that if you stayed in your current location, you'd meet someone truly amazing and fall madly in love? Therefore, the choice becomes move in order to get a potentially great job or stay in order to meet what could possibly be the love of your life. Which would you choose?
I'll step back and analyze the situation...
Say the job market for your particular skill set is very slim in your present location. It took you forever just to find your current job, and you only took the job because you really didn't have any other options. It's not something you envision yourself doing for the rest of your life. It was just a stepping stone to hopefully a better position. Therefore, when that opportunity to get that great job presents itself, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to at least give it a shot. After all, you're presently single, and even though your friends and family are all in your current location, you're confident you can make new friends and connections when you move. Maybe you'll even meet someone very special there. Who knows?
While moving is a tough thing, at least on a theoretical basis, moving for the great job seems like the right thing to do in that situation. Therefore, let me complicate things a little...
Say that the whole situation with your current job is the same, but instead of meeting that amazing someone in the future, let's say you've already met him/her. The relationship is young (only a few months old), but the two of you really have something special together. You don't want to get ahead of yourself, but you feel like if you give the relationship a shot, it could end up being "the one."
Now that decision is much more complicated. You still hate your job. However, you now have something really tying you to your current location. You don't want your relationship to end, but at the same time, you don't know how much longer you can last at your present job before going crazy. You want to ask your significant other to move with you, but being that the relationship is only a few months old, you're unsure if that's a good idea. Moreover, he/she has a house, a great job, and basically has a pretty good thing going in the current location. How can you ask someone to uproot his/her life for you when you've only been dating them for a few months? In addition, maybe that job that you have to move halfway across the country for won't work out that well. Maybe it's not as good as it seems on paper. You'll kick yourself if you threw away the greatest relationship you ever had to chase a job that ultimately didn't work out.
What would you do in this situation? On one hand, you have the possibility of a great career. On the other hand, you have the opportunity for long lasting love. Neither is certain though.
How would you choose?