3 Years and NOT ENGAGED! Will he ever commit to me?!

posted 2 years ago in Waiting
Post # 2
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Okay, three years truly is not that long TBH. He has purchased the ring already, he is making plans, but you’re being overbearing in my opinion. I think your passive aggressive comments would give me anxiety too. Good for you for realizing your mistake. I hope you gave him a sincere apology. Try to let go of the control a little bit and let it happen naturally. If for some reason a few months go by and no ring, then bring it up and have a talk.

Post # 3
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

He is taking the steps to commit to you, but it sounds like you are not showing compassion towards his anxiety. He likely fears a big crowd, a huge announcement, a large wedding, etc

It also sounds that your pushing is aggravating his anxiety. I think you need to take the focus off of your timeline for a little bit and see what he is capable of doing on his own. Maybe track your own timeline in your head, but don’t force your agenda on him.

Post # 4
8380 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

The Thursday before our anniversary I made the mistake of saying if he was going to disappoint me again on our anniversary then he probably shouldn’t come down

OUCH bee. Even if he was planning on proposing, why would you want to after that? Why would he even want to attend this vacation at all? Ice cold.

Post # 5
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2019

Three years is not that long to be married, I understand the need to feel like your relationship is going somewhere but if he suffers from anxiety then your constant pressure isn’t going to help. If he’s talking about moving in and marriage it sounds like he’s committed your just too focused on meeting your need and not understanding his at all. 

Post # 6
271 posts
Helper bee

Wow bee, you’re being incredibly insensitive and selfish to him, especially when he tells you it’s not you and it’s his anxiety. He wants to marry you. He’s on his way to propose and making steps to do it but you’re being cold and showing him that you don’t care about his anxiety. I would apologize for your behavior and let him know you love him and you understand his anxiety. 

Post # 7
476 posts
Helper bee

I don’t blame you for being upfront about him not coming on vacation with you if he’s going to disappoint you. You two have talked about your timeline, which is before you move in together and from what you say, that is fast approaching. He’s getting ready to put his condo up for sale, he knows where you stand but you don’t know where he’s at. 

You know what he says but his actions haven’t backed up those words, have they? 

Don’t ever think it’s a mistake to say what’s on your mind. The way you put it might have been a mistake but telling him how you feel isn’t. 

Instead of wondering if he’ll ever commit, I think that right now you have a decision to make.

Can you deal with finally getting engaged and having to put off your wedding once, maybe twice or more because his anxiety makes him freak out as the date draws near? 

After you get married, can you put up with his assertions that he does want children and he knows you guys have a timeline, namely mother nature’s timeline which is different for every woman, but him freaking out and not following thru with actually trying for them and possibly missing your chance to have children? 

Can you handle his anxiety for the rest of your life?

I know I couldn’t. 

I think people get so caught up in being ‘understanding’ of everyone’s ‘special issues’ that it’s easy to forget that it’s actually pretty hard for someone who doesn’t have anxiety to understand it. And I’m sure it’s hard to live with, especially when you don’t have it and are able to make life decisions without freaking out about them. 

There’s no shame in not wanting that to be your future. He might just not be your guy, bee.

Post # 11
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I’ll agree with other pp’s that your “don’t bother coming” comment was too sharp.  But I don’t think your expectation of a proposal by this point is unreasonable.  At your age, 3 years is plenty of time, in fact, I’d say you’ve been patient.  I know I would have been way too bothered by the first lease incident to let him wait until the last possible minute this next time around.  The anxiety thing feels like a cop out.  He doesn’t have a ring.  He’s just not ready.  Now that you’ve seen it for the third year in a row, you have a decision to make.

Post # 12
438 posts
Helper bee

Did I miss your ages? 

3 years isn’t a long wait. The average age a women in the US gets married is 27. That means some get married younger, others get married older.

Post # 13
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

First of all, you know he has anxiety, so maybe be a little more sympathetic to that. Can you go to the therapist with him or set up your own time to figure out the best way to deal with that? If not, I will say that you will have a difficult time spending the rest of your life with this person. My friend went through this and first it was the proposal and getting married, then she gave up on that and just wanted kids. Freak out after freak out and she just turned 40 is recently single and no kid. If your solution to his anxiety is to keep putting pressure on a big moment, then you two just aren’t meant to be. You need to find a way to make him feel more comfortable with this. Go to the jeweler with him, reassure him its fine to do it at home, etc. But if you are just getting frustrated, then maybe the best solution is to find someone more suitable to your expectations and lifestyle

Post # 14
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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libra930 :  The Thursday before our anniversary I made the mistake of saying if he was going to disappoint me again on our anniversary then he probably shouldn’t come down


I wouldn’t come down either. Not to be an ass, but that was a really mean and hurtful thing to say. 

Post # 15
327 posts
Helper bee

So you proposed to him and he agreed but pulled back.

You said that you’ve always wanted to be engaged first before moving in.

Before that you said you guys discussed moving in together. So presumably you also told him you wanted to be engaged. Since you guys both agreed to move in together, I presumed he agreed to get married before moving in.

But when you told your landlord you were moving out, he put the Rent sign out and your BF/Fiance panicked and backpedaled.

Now you say he suffers from anxiety.

He has the ring. He probably suffers from anxiety from you nitpicking and calling him out on everything. This is not uncommon. Many men have anxiety over their partners always finding fault in them or looking for opportunity to find fault. This would give anyone man or woman anxiety.


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