While it has to be taken into consideration that everyone and every relationship operates under a slightly different set of rules and expectations, we all have our limits as to what we will tolerate before we feel as though our mate is striging us along. When two people are truly in love they just cannot wait to take their passion and sense of oneness to the next level but sometimes those same two people who share that intense passion may just have a different sense of the passage of time. Unless verbalized and communicated, there may be a rift between what the expectations are when it finally comes to the issue of when to totally commit. Now understand that when I say this I don't always mean that it has to be where the two parties involved plan a marriage ceremony, because just getting married doesn't guarantee that both parties are truly committed to each other even though they may have a ring and a piece of paper to show it. And while I do feel that getting married is the ultimate display of commitment when all else has been proven as far as ones dedication to one another, there are a vast amount of other ways that two people can show that they both are ready to take things to the next level and show their mate that they are indeed serious about their relationship. Too many people who are involved with a significant other have the feeling that the relationship is not evolving into the ultimate union fast enough, they are feeling as though they are being "strung along" indefinitely and that they might be wasting their time as their "mate" is getting to enjoy the sweetness without any sacrifice. Isn't it time that we brought the truth out in the open in these slowly progressing relationships that just never seem to "get there?"