Not because she’s impatient, but because of major factors such as them both wanting to have children…and waiting much longer could cause that not to become a reality—she’s in her late 30s.

Sometimes, time is of the essence, especially for women.

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As we get older, and have more life experience, we get wiser—at least that’s what my dad keeps telling me.

What I do know is as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned more about myself and what I am—or am not—willing to accept as well as what I want and don’t want from a relationship.

Millenials are often too busy focusing on their careers, building wealth or getting out of student debt to even consider jumping into marriage.

Look up the statistics and you’ll find a trend of people waiting longer and longer to both get married and start families. And, it’s not to say some young people want to wait, either.

Just over a year later they are now engaged and ready to begin their life together.

And, knowing this friend the way I do, she would not have waited two, three, or more years for him to pull the trigger.

So, be open and be honest with your partner about your feelings.

Any partner worth their salt will respect your opinion. Some things are worth the wait and others may require compromise.

But, as I get older, I find myself and many of my still single friends discussing the simple question: how long is too long to wait before marriage?

Mind you, I’ve been down this road before, so I’m certainly not in a place where I feel like I need to—or should—rush headlong into anything.

I also have two friends who dated each other for ten years — live together and the relationship disintegrated.