You have probably stumbled on one of the many secrets of a “successful” marriage, or should I say partnership . . .
It is interesting that you propose “running away” as the solution to finding your best fit partner in your current circumstances (age, socio-economic environment, etc). You are lucky it was running toward a solution not away from a problem.
From someone who took 17 years to come to realize and accept that the “girl next door” was the only person I had ever met in 43 years who not only gave her best in all circumstances but asked nothing of me in return, I can say the essence of a real life-long partnership is understanding the depth of personal commitment required to live to the standard commanded by that most memorable of phrases,
“to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part”
Each person will take their own meaning from these words, but for me it is an unerring commitment to resolution of all difficulties, which itself is founded on love and its consequence, truth. If you can achieve that, you will receive the greatest of gifts, a “match made in heaven.”
As you are discovering there is nothing more you will ever need as it is the source of all joy and benevolence . . .