Have you ever found yourself in a situation where everything seems perfect in your relationship except for one thing? That one thing that nags at you, making you wonder if you're asking for too much or if your expectations are justified. Today, we delve into the story of a 25-year-old woman, who, despite having a fulfilling job as a store manager and living comfortably with her boyfriend who covers all the bills, finds herself grappling with a question that has lingered for five years - when will he propose?

"I do all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry," she shares. "He rarely helps, but he does the 'manly' work. When I'm tired and ask for help, he doesn't refuse."

As their fifth anniversary approaches on April 30th, she reflects on their journey together. "We've been through a lot in these five years. But he still hasn't popped the question. At first, it didn't bother me. For the first three years, marriage wasn't even on my mind because these were my first serious relationship."

"By the fourth year, everyone around us was getting married, and it started to bother me. I talked to him about it, but he always avoided the topic, saying it's not the right time (due to his credit). But for appearances, he could have at least bought a ring. Other men show interest in me, and I tell them I'm taken. Sometimes, it hurts. I understand if he's not ready to get married now, he won't be in the future."

"Now, as we approach our fifth year together, all our relatives ask, 'When are you getting married? When are you having kids?' Kids are out of the question for now, of course."

"Initially, I didn't care, but after five years together, I think it's time to legalize our relationship. Can you please advise me on what to do? I just want to read sensible comments."

This story is not uncommon. Many couples find themselves in similar situations, where one partner is ready for the next step, while the other seems hesitant. So, what should you do if you find yourself in this predicament?

Firstly, it's essential to communicate openly and honestly with your partner. Express your feelings and concerns about the relationship, including your desire for marriage. Listen to their perspective and try to understand their reasons for hesitating. Perhaps there are underlying issues, such as financial concerns or fear of commitment, that need to be addressed.

It's also crucial to assess your own feelings and priorities. Are you ready for marriage, or are you simply feeling pressured by external factors? Consider what marriage means to you and whether it aligns with your long-term goals and values.

If you and your partner are unable to reach a consensus, it may be helpful to seek couples counseling. A therapist can help facilitate productive discussions and provide guidance on how to move forward in a way that is mutually beneficial.

Ultimately, the decision to marry should be made by both partners, based on mutual respect, understanding, and commitment. If you feel that marriage is the right step for your relationship, it's important to communicate this to your partner and work together to address any concerns or obstacles that may arise.

In conclusion, every relationship is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of when to get married. It's essential to communicate openly, understand each other's perspectives, and make decisions that are in the best interest of both partners.