(Closed) Getting Angry – How long to wait?

posted 6 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


In your position, I would be anxious to get married simply because I want to have children…preferably my first by 29 and my second by 35. That would be the REAL difficulty for me – I don’t want to wait to have kids so that I can give them the best chance at a healthy life.


If I didn’t want to have kids, which I really have trouble imagining, then I don’t honestly know how I’d feel.

Post # 4
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If I were you, I would move on.  He’s telling you how he feels.  Please don’t tell yourself that he will change.  Odds are that he won’t.

Even if he gives lip service to you, do you really want to marry someone who doesn’t really want to get married?

Post # 5
14485 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Waiting aside, the Peter Pan syndrome would be a big deal breaker for me.  At 30 and still settling for a low paying job so he can have free time to do squat and drink??  I’m no gold digger, but lets be realistic, playing on the computer and drinking is not going to put a roof over my head, food on the table, or put clothes on my future childrens back.  That’s not a small fault I could over look since that is a very basic value that we’re not on the same page on.

Post # 6
3626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do you even want to marry him? It sounds like your priorities are very different. You say you don’t want to support him, but it sounds like you will if you get married. Maybe you’re dodging a bullet.

Post # 7
1405 posts
Bumble bee

You can’t force him to be ready and want to get married because you are ready and want to get married.  You have 2 choices:  1.  Accept what he is saying and be patient or 2.  Move on.  

From your post, it sounds like you should move on.

Post # 8
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

By thirty I imagine there been plenty of time to do the whole live with the boys things.

I say  until your resentment starts creeping up, if it effects your feelings for him and his relationship, if you realize love simply isn’t enough to sustain this relationship for another two years.

I left and stop waiting for my ex after five years, in the end he propose but I realized that I didn’t want to marry someome whom I had to nag, breakup with and leave to get engaged. So this just may be sign that he isn’t the right guy(Hard for me to tell or judge only you can know that for yourself.)

I would also be concerned about that fact that he seems to still be in the single frame of mind. Working a low paying job so he can have more time to hangout and drink is immature. Hell I love cocktails and wine however it’s an expensive habit and now that I have nice job I can afford m and pay my rent. in my ealry twenties I didn’t indulge as much. So if that truly is his motivation he is also lacking in the logic department. If he wanted to live with friends to save money on rent it would be one thing. But it seems more like he just wants to hangnout and live with them to have a good time. Which seems to rather junvenile want for someone his age.

Post # 9
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sorry, my vote is move on… 2.5 years and you guys are in your 30s… there’s just no reason he needs more time.  And hanging with his roommates is not a good enough excuse!  I don’t want to freak you out, but you might find that a lot of the good, marriageable men are gonna get married off while you’re waiting around for Peter Pan to grow up.  You need to start the process of getting over him now so that you can get out there and see what your option are.  You don’t want to wake up one day and realize you’re 35, and you’re still spending the night at his place with his roommates!!! It’s only gonna get harder as you get older, and if you want kids, well, this is a no brainer.  I was in a similar situation, dating a guy who just wasn’t a grown up, and I’m really glad I left.  A year and a half later, I was engaged to a wonderful man.  MAN being the operative word.

Post # 10
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I completely agree with you that 2.5 years isn’t rushing.  And, the Peter Pan syndrome is something that is a deal breaker with me.  (Been there with the ex and it was no fun.)  I think it was a smart move to 1) not move in together and 2) decided on a deadline.  We’ll have to wait and see what happens now. 

Post # 11
679 posts
Busy bee

I agree with the PPs. If you put aside his (potential) issue with commitment, is he the type of guy you want to marry? Are all of his good qualities worth waiting longer than would be ideal for you?

From what you describe, he doesn’t sound like he’d be able to provide much stability, so if that’s something you want in a marriage, perhaps you should reconsider the relationship and whether you’d like to invest even a few more months in it.

It is possible to love someone very much and yet not be a good match due to different values and perspectives and goals. It sounds like, right now, your goals don’t line up. He wants to be a bachelor with the lifestyle that goes along with it, and you want to start settling down. Honestly, no matter how much you love each other, if you can’t get on the same page in terms of the future, it won’t work out. One or both of you will get frustrated and perhaps harbor resentment.

I know that it’s not fair to judge a person, especially over the internet, but I will just say that personally I’d have huge issues with a 30-year-old man still wanting to live and whoop it up with his friends, and especially a man wanting to work part-time so he has more time to have fun. That doesn’t exactly scream mature, responsible adult. If you don’t feel comfortable with those things it’s probably best to cut your losses.

Post # 13
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I wrote you a whole big post but I think WB crashed for a few seconds there. I’ll sum it up with this:

Don’t sit around waiting any longer than you have for a man to decide if he wants to live with you…..especially when he can’t even give you a possibly timeframe for it until 2 years from now. Get rid, and go find yourself a man who cannot live without you, and don’t settle for anything less!

Post # 14
295 posts
Helper bee

@punkybetty:  this is taking too long! he wants another 2 yrs with guy friend living? bs.


i was in similar situation. everyone on the boards told me to move on… but that was not easy. i invested so much time and very much in love.

but i was angry. and i didnt want to waste my youth. i broke it off. i knew in my heart that he would come around and change his mind without me. two days later i got an email saying “there is a very high possibility we will get engaged by the end of the year but no promises”

we were engaged 2 months later.

break it off.

most guys will never call again.

the RIGHT one will see the light.


mine did– happily getting married 3/2

Post # 15
1622 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sadly, he is telling you how he feels/what he thinks….he would prefer to continue living with his friends than to move in with you.  I do understand that sometimes people just aren’t ready for big life commitments and “waiting” is an investment in your future together….BUT I don’t see that being the case in this particular situation.

You have very different goals in life, and to be honest I don’t think you should hold yourself back or drag yourself down by carrying his weight because his goals/priorities are different than yours.  Not judging him, just saying that maybe, in spite of the love you share, some of the deeper values just aren’t a match.

I’m sorry you’re in this situation.

Post # 16
597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@punkybetty:  He’s living the life right now and he doesn’t see the reason for marraige. It is the boy syndrome, you are a confident woman who can manage on your own and that’s wonderful! So you can do whatever you want, you don’t need him and you don’t want to see your life go by and still have to wait for him. But its your call, by all means give him time! 


@yellow7404:  AGREE! 😀 


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