Too Much Too Soon: Why We Need To Stop Rushing Love

I’m sure I am not the only one who browses Facebook and quite often comes across photos of engagement rings and ultrasounds and changed last names from marriages and thinks to himself: Wait, weren’t you just single?

Everything seems to move faster these days, naturally. We have instant text messages and don’t need to send letters. We can Google something and not need to go to the library. We can get to know someone much quicker because we can talk to them any time of the day rather than limiting our interactions to sporadic phone calls or seeing each other in person.


So, it seems that it would also naturally follow that our relationships will progress faster. But the frequency of how often someone is in our life does not change our emotional capacity to develop a real lasting bond with them any quicker. We can say whatever we want about past generations, but the fact of the matter is that many people have been married two or three times in the span of time that our grandparents’ have been married to each other.

Older generations set fires. They would begin to burn with a small smoldering flame and eventually evolve into a roaring blaze as they continued to stoke it. Our generation seems to be setting off fireworks. There is a spectacular display that is quite often beautiful, but unpredictable and ends as quickly as it began. Leaving behind only the memory of the experience.

We are not allowing ourselves the time to actually build a foundation with each other. We are an instant-gratification society and we are, unfortunately, carrying the same attitude into our relationships. We always want the next best phone or the next best tablet and toss aside the obsolete version without a second thought. Sadly, it seems we do this with significant others as well.

But sometimes decisions are made that don’t allow that to happen so easily. People who are barely old enough to rent a car are buying homes with or making lifelong commitments to someone they have only known for a few months. Sure, everyone is different and sometimes ‘when you know, you just know,’ but drastic lifestyle changes do not allow us to settle in comfortably. This can easily lead to regret not too far down the road. Not to mention resentment for your partner. Two things that should never be present in a relationship.

Some may call me cynical for this outlook, but inevitably I see a consistent course of events. “Engaged” on Facebook turns back to “Single.” New mothers are complaining that the child’s father is suddenly an absentee dad.


The sad part is, some of these couples probably would have had a chance if they had taken their time and let their relationship develop and flourish, instead of leaping ahead and putting too much pressure on their bond, too soon. Love is not something you just fall into overnight. It is the creation of two people who have worked together to cultivate it and allow it to grow.

It is only natural to realize that we need to strengthen something before we test it. Committing your entire life to someone you have only known for a few months, or even just a year, has not given you the glimpse into who they truly are that you will need to see in order to make a decision of that magnitude. Even sharing an apartment or house together too soon opens up an entire new set of complications that a new couple will be unprepared for.

Have you seen this person react to a tragedy? A challenge in life? Frustrations? Failures? Do you know how they act around children or if they would make a good parent? Is this someone with similar views of the future as you? Will they really be there for you in a time of need? It takes time to learn these things. Valuable time that teaches us lessons about people we simply cannot learn in the short term.

Too often people are left saying “but they changed!” No they didn’t, you just finally learned who they really were. The truth came out. People can only put on a facade for so long, and if you make a permanent decision based on a temporary emotion, there is only trouble to follow.

You may feel lust. You may feel an overwhelming emotional attachment or connection to someone quickly. But if we allow our emotions to rule us completely we very often tend to make irrational decisions that backfire in the future. We need to recognize the difference between lust and love, as well as have the self control to allow things to progress naturally and not jump into something before we are ready.


We need to work harder to create the building blocks of lasting love if that’s what we actually want to have.

I will say this – for the people who have experienced life and relationships and love and know what they do and don’t want in a partner, I believe it  is much more realistic for them to recognize the right person when they come along. But for those without the life experience to build off of, it is a different story.

If you wouldn’t want someone to be your best friend for the rest of your life, don’t make them your spouse. And if you wouldn’t make someone a husband or a wife, don’t make them a parent. Our generations have it too easy in terms of an out. “‘Til death do us part” has become “Until I get bored of you.”

If you want brief entertainment, then by all means light off as many fireworks as you want. When one falls out of the sky, you will have another fuse waiting. But if you want a long lasting connection that will warm your heart for years to come, you will need to commit to stoking a fire.


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199 thoughts on “Too Much Too Soon: Why We Need To Stop Rushing Love

  1. Very well said. I know I am young, but I am marrying next weekend. Your post put a bit of insight into the situation, but I feel very well prepared with my heart to know that I will mean the words: “until death do us apart”.
    A nice heartfelt blog and I do think it is important to face trials together before you marry the one you love to be sure you understand that it is a promise to be kept in all circumstances.
    I loved the post, and again, thanks for sharing it.

  2. “But if we allow our emotions to rule us completely we very often tend to make irrational decisions that backfire in the future.” – Kind of like following blogs. It’s so easy to get swept up in the hype when you read a good post. You seem very knowledgeable about relationships.

  3. Thanks for writing this. After being widowed 2 years now after a marriage of 27 years, I have been checking out sites to meet someone to maybe have coffee with and take things slow as friends first. I married my husband in 1985 and we dated for 3 months. There were many times during our marriage I wish we had waited to marry, but we worked through the problems and hung in there together. However, it did give me more insight into what to look for now at the age of 50 in another man. We have twins who are now 10 and I know that my decisions not only affect me but them as well. I was beginning to wonder if I was crazy thinking that it seems like all men want is a booty call. At least this time around I am a confident woman who knows what I truly want out of a relationship.

  4. I was just discussing this with one of my friends. I have been seeing someone for about 2 months now. And I learn more about him every time we are together. I feel we aregetting a deeper and deeper connection. I told my friend that they were not fireworks when we met and I was a little bit worried about that. But now it doesn’t seem like anything has fizzled. It seems like the attractions just getting stronger as we get to know each other better.

  5. Reblogged this on Daring Greatly and commented:
    I jumped into a marriage waaaay too soon while ignoring big warning signs that it shouldn’t be taking place, especially since we barely knew one another. Take a divorced dude’s advice when he says waiting, working, building, sharing, knowing, and growing TAKES TIME! I have a tattoo that says, “Love can last if you only let it grow…” Growing things takes time, patience, strength, honesty, and lots work. Take it slow!

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  7. I love this post and thank you for sharing. I went through a break up that left me completely devastated. The guy was my best friend and he even said we were. Now he is marrying a girl he only knew for a month. I was shocked when I found this out and she has been married before. He told me he just did’t see us going anywhere romantically. I felt like he was saying you being my best friend isn’t enough for me. I don’t feel infatuated towards you. We had a solid foundation and I like how you pointed out that rushing into things does not allow time to develop a solid foundation. And they skipped over everything. I am glad that I found this post as I share the same beliefs about love. I do not believe that love happens at first sight or over night. It is an emotion that takes time to develop. I subscribed to your blog and hope that I will find peace and comfort through you advice.

      1. Am not talking about a god. Am talking about the God of the universe. I wrote the post to encourage those who truly believe in the God of all gods and desires to please Him. I don’t know what happiness means to you. But for me knowing my name is written in the book of life makes me happy ,no matter what may come my way ,I happy because Jesus died for me to save my soul from hell . He saved me from depression and fear . And I love now because before I use to despise Him but now everything is different. Am in love with my savior. I simply encourage others who may feel discouraged because of situations and stuff to hold on to God and give Him glory with their lives. You see mere religion can not give peace but a life found in Jesus is simply worth living for His glory. You see am not being opinionated ,am simply expressing truths I have in the word of God. Jesus loves you deeply too, no matter what.

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