Where Is This Relationship Going?

Many young Americans, particularly women, are feeling more pressure to "have it all" - the great career, the spouse, the babies-at a younger age. That puts a lot of pressure on relationships to be going somewhere (down the altar, specifically). But do all relationships have to be so goal oriented?

Two views weigh in: Do relationships have to be moving forward to stay alive?

He Says:

Stock photo for article.You can be in a great relationship and still not feel ready for a commitment of the 'til-death-do-us part variety. And breaking up with an otherwise great girl just because you're not ready to take the next step feels a little like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. You can still be on the road to marriage, but take the long, scenic route and enjoy lots of rest stops along the way.

She Says:

Stock photo for article.I think it's important to keep a relationship moving forward. I'm not saying I need a ring on the fourth finger of my left hand inside a year of dating. But there should be signals that you're both, slowly, sharing dreams of a future together. It can be as small a step as exchanging house keys, or getting an invitation to his family reunion, or making plans for a vacation six months away. But you need that hope of a shared future. Otherwise, aren't you just wasting your time?

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