Typical dating timeline

It's best to embrace it and realize that it'll all work out for you exactly as it is supposed to.

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My husband and I got married within eight weeks of our first date, and we have a marriage and relationship better than I could have ever imagined, so naturally, I think prescribed relationship timelines are absolutely stupid.

There are lots of good reasons to ignore all the traditional "wisdom" on relationships and instead go your own route.

Relationships, especially when they are the right relationships, are wonderful.

It's great to have a partner who loves and supports you and wants to spend life with you.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess almost never.

What if you don't believe in monogamy and want to have an open relationship forever?

When we think life is about partners meeting, falling in love, getting married, having babies, and living happily ever after, it keeps us tied to the idea that relationships are the most important things in life and/or that you need relationships to be happy. While love is great, of course, the truth is, true happiness comes from inside yourself, as a sole, unique, fabulous human being.

When we try to follow other people's relationship timelines, we rob ourselves of the ability to experience true happiness — without a partner.

What if you want to be with someone forever, but don't actually want to tie the knot legally?

What if you have a terrible relationship with your family and never want to introduce your partner to them?

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