A guy that I have known for awhile has made an advance to want to kiss me. I don’t know where I stand with him. We have a platonic friendship – no committed relationship. His past relationships have been shaky – non committal – he has never been married – 50 years old which makes me feel emotionally unsafe with him.
I am interested in a long term relationship and eventually want to marry. I consider kissing very erotic which could lead to becoming sexual which I do not want to do before I am married. I don’t want to compromise my faith in God. I also consider kissing to be a part of a committed, monogamous relationship.
How do I explain all of this to him without being demanding – and thinking that I’m needy for him to want a relationship with me? I want to tell him all of the above and also that he needs to look at himself as to why he has been in and out of relationships all of his life. He needs to do this for himself not for a relationship. I need help in explaining this to him in love and not seeming judgemental. Also, I want to tell him that the relationship that I want is that both partners have the same beliefs and values.
I would firstly like to honour and respect your strong sense of yourself displayed through your beliefs, needs and your values.
You have set these up so well, that they will not allow you to compromises your long-term wishes for yourself and a happy future. This strength within you will allow you to be at one with yourself and all your life choices so this is a brilliant start.
You are also aware that through your feelings of wanting the best for you, you donâ€™t want to be judgemental of him because you are probably aware that you may not understand fully, why he has behaved the way he has through his past relationships.
None of us are qualified to be anyoneâ€™s judge, so what we are left with is some questions, that for you, clearly need to be answered before you could ever be happy with this man.
The first question is what has generated a life without commitment for him? Is there a weakness in his values, or has is he also been living by his values, but they are just different to yours? Maybe he has never met someone right for him and he has been true to himself, or maybe he also lives in fear of being hurt, just like you.
Many, many possibilities and this is why a judgement of him is not possible or fair. However you are right to be concerned, because you see he has lived a life which is not like the one you want, and you know that to be happy you would have to share the same vision and values.
You also mention that you donâ€™t want to be demanding. Youâ€™re never demanding if all you do is set a boundary of what you will accept. A boundary is a solid and inactive place that protects you, the word demanding is only relevant when someone who is aware of your boundary selfishly takes action and steps over it, again and again. Was he aware of your boundary?
You are in a position of strength here through your beliefs and values so you will never be hurt if you live by them as you are.
An honest conversation with this man outlining your critical needs, will help him understand what he has to do if he wishes to have a relationship with you, this is simply you being â€œhonestâ€ and I know you value that.
As you know he is not qualified to judge you so no matter what his opinion of you after your conversation this could never be respected or trusted.
I have one question for you? He has shown sexual attraction, but does that mean he wants more? Be sure you understand his intention behind his advance, because you maybe rejected through confusion of meaning, is this where your fear sits with him?
Your other option is to wait to see if he makes another advance towards you, if he does then thatâ€™s your chance to let him know what is important to you and if he is serious about you what you would like to happen so you can be safe.
If he is an honest, respectful man and he really wants you he will do anything to help you to feel secure with him by giving you what you really need.
Please let us know how you get on.