(Closed) Which do you think is worse? Timeline or no timeline?

posted 9 years ago in Waiting
  • poll: Which is worse? Timeline or no timeline?
    Having a definitive timeline, and knowing he's planning : (22 votes)
    32 %
    NOT having a timeline, and no knowlede/evidence of any planning : (41 votes)
    59 %
    Other, explain below : (6 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    870 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    The only thing that camp two really gains is the element of surprise.

    I think it also depends on the time you’re waiting. Maybe a girl who has been with her guy a year and knows he is planning a proposal might envy a girl who has been with her guy a year and will be surprised by a proposal and a ring. But my guess is if you’ve been with your guy 5 years you’d much rather know he was going to do it and was buying a ring, than be together at 5 years and have no idea if it’s coming

    Post # 4
    449 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Depends on the timeline… I was given a timeline once where he said that by the end of a few months he will Either propose Or break up with me…. Oh, that was fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 5
    262 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m kind of confused about the designation of Camp.  Is camp 1 like…you HAVE  a timeline and that’s the status of your relationship?  Or do you mean that camp 1 = the people that WISH they had a timeline?


    Either way, I have a timeline and I’m sure (well I’m hoping) he’s planning.  I definitely like it better this way.  I’m so biologically concerned with my reproductive ability (there is a light history of problems in my family) that if he said “sometime soonish”, it would drive me nuts.  I have such a small window in which to get all my personal accomplishments completed that I really have to have my ducks in a row way before hand.  And if I don’t want to try to knock them all out in a 2-3 yr span, then I better get started ASAP. 

    In fact, when I didn’t know his feelings on the topic, I was SO crazy that even now that I have a timeline, I still find myself making random quips about “when are you going to propose to me” even though I know.  Habits are hard to break.  ๐Ÿ˜› 

    Post # 7
    5374 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m in camp two, all I ever get is “soon”! Haha it’s so frustrating. On one hand I’m glad that it’ll take me by surprise, but on the other hand I wish I at least knew that it would come before 2012.

    Post # 9
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Dang it, I voted for the wrong one.  I meant to vote that not having a timeline is worse.  My SO and I have progressed from not having a timeline, to having a vague timeline, to having a definitive timeline, and waiting is definitely easier now than it was in the beginning.

    Post # 10
    1325 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m in camp #1. It will be within the next 18 months. Sometime before September 2012.

    I didn’t used to have a timeline and it was much worse for me! I’m still going to be terribly surprised when it happens since it could be anytime before then. The rings that are being considered aren’t going to require a lot of saving up for so it literally could happen any week!

    I also was very unsettled until I got my timeline. I’m not sure why it didn’t sit well with me, but it just didn’t. Even being told “Hey, it will probably be in 5 years.” would be better for me than just…… *crickets chirping*


    Post # 11
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m in camp #1 as well. I know it’s going to happen before June 1st, since his lease ends at the end of April and we have discussed that being engaged before living together was very important for the both of us. I actually know that he’s working on a ring being made (I was really bad at playing dumb and things just didn’t make sense for certain things). I feel relaxed right now, because it’s happening soon, but in some ways, the surprise element is taken out, except for the ring and how he will go about doing it.

    Post # 12
    3586 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m in camp #1. I know it will be by my birthday, but still, what if he doesn’t do it by then??ARGH!

    Post # 13
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2006

    @Taylor4: You said it so well!  

    I’ve been with my SO for 6 years and it’s just been about 2 months that I’ve had a timeline and I can tell you all that holy bajeezus is it soooooooo much better to have a timeline!!  The agony of absolutely nothing from him when I was 100% certain was just the absolute worst.  I can totally handle waiting 7ish months compared to the waiting with no timeline I did for about 4 years.  Months is NOTHING! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Post # 14
    90 posts
    Worker bee

    I guess I kind of sort of have a timeline? My Boyfriend or Best Friend and I have discussed life after graduation, and the way he worded it to me was this “As soon as I know where I’m going to grad school, which will be in April, and as soon as I know where I will be living, which will be June/July, I’ll be ready”. Talk about frustrating. I know it’s not coming until at least then, but still, I have no definite timeframe for a proposal to be happening.

    Post # 15
    301 posts
    Helper bee

    i have a timeline… i almost wish  we hadn’t discussed marriage or proposal past the point of telling each other that we know we want to marry the other. because i get really frustrated every single day knowing that he’s ready to propose but has not today. especially the fact that he’s ready and wants to wait 6 months. urrrgh drives me nuts

    Post # 16
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Having just transitioned from not having a timeline to having one, I have to say that for me not having a timeline was much, much worse.  When I didn’t have a timeline there was a lot of anxiety about whether it would happen at all, but now I know that it’s just a matter of waiting (about a year).

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