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She Can't Stop Pressuring Her BF Into Proposing - Relationship Advice
I've been eagerly reading your website in regards to when guys are
just not ready to settle down. I've never thought that I wanted to get
married before this guy... I'm 26 and he's 28 and we've been living
together and have been together for the past two years. Everything has
been fantastic, until I turned into this emotional wreck whenever
marriage is spoken of... All around me this year
people/colleagues/friends have been getting engaged - and we have
attended a number of weddings. I have spoken to him about it and he now
says that he's not TOTALLY averse to marriage anymore and when he
speaks of me to friends he wishes that we'll be together forever... I
think it's more about me feeling so out of control when I've realised
that this is something I want for the both
of us... To marry our best friend... I've explained it to him as such
and he sees my reasoning but I still feel like a 'loser' for getting so
emotional over it. I've even come to think that perhaps I should ban
myself from weddings?? Can you give me any advice?
Don't Let Me Blow This
Dear Don't Let Me Blow This,
Your question is presented in such a way that indicates that you're
saying this is your problem, and what can you do to help yourself work
through it. I commend you for that. Not blaming your partner and pointing fingers but looking inside of your own behavior first is the mark of maturity. Well done.
He is saying that he's not totally adverse to marriage one day, and that he'd like to be with you forever. That is nice. But that doesn't actually show you that you're working toward the same goal. Actions speak louder than words. Is he showing you, or demonstrating in any way, that he is planning to spend his life with you. Is he saving money, is he joint with you in matters of finance. Does he include you in major life decisions like job changes and major purchases.
Don't discount that you are both still fairly young, and he honestly may just not be ready at his young age to plan that far into the future.
Going by your original proposal that this is your problem, let's examine what you can do to relax.
is the first step. Have you let him know you're aware that you're
having a problem and you don't know how to stop it? By letting him know
it's not his fault and that you feel bad that you're behaving this
way and now you're asking him for his help, he will most likely step into
that "Men are from Mars" mindset and want to heal or fix you. This is
good. This is a bonding thing, that lets him feel that he hasn't fucked
up, and that you need him. Men like to feel those two things.
One way you can ask him to help you fix this, is to give you some sort of a more solid indicator or token of his sincere intention to marrying you one day, as much as he's capable of now at this young age. Maybe a promise ring, or a joint bank account for wedding savings would do the trick for you. You could ask him what ideas he has, and really listen to them. What you're looking for here is to get yourself into a safer more secure feeling about your future together. Even if he suggest something you think is lame, if it's demonstrating that he sees his future with you, accept it.
For example, if he suggests opening an account to save for the honeymoon, don't react by saying, well there has to be a wedding before the honeymoon. See his suggestion for what it is. It's saying, "I am not ready to talk about the wedding. But obviously if I'm planning a honeymoon, I'm planning to take the steps that come before the honeymoon."
Even something as simple as making your first joint purchase together is a significant token of his seeing you as a partner.
Even if you two don't come up with a solid way to help you through this wedding crisis, just the communication can really help. I hope you can find a way to turn this into a bonding experience rather than a source of contention.
You sound very insightful and self-aware. Those are really positive things and I have every faith that you will work this through.
Keep me posted,
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