It is important to keep up with the times. Reform is a periodic necessity. There are always individuals who object to change, but you cannot allow them to deter you. With the aid of competent people, the opposition will be silenced.
Sometimes, in romantic affairs, it is hard to discern the correct course of action. Should you hold back and see how the other person responds? Or should you be bold, declare yourself and then deal with the consequences?
The answer, right now is, be bold. Go ahead and do what you really want to do.