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The Girl Proposed, Twice!

This is a blog post for all of you girls, ladies, women out there who have heard over and over again that you have to wait for a guy to take the lead on your relationship. First of all, let me just say that I can’t remember how many thousands of times I’ve been told this.

Girls shouldn’t take the shot first. Girls should wait. Wait for the right guy, he will come.

I am sure that for some people, this is the truth. This is what happened in your lives, and it worked out perfectly well. That’s fine, I’m very happy for you. But then this post is probably not for you.

This post is for other girls who questioned those sayings and advice. Girls who thought why do I have to wait? In fact, what am I waiting for anyway?

I’ll share with you that I’m on my second marriage now (after the tragic death of my first husband), and in both relationships, it was me who took the shot first. As in, I was the one who proposed. BOTH TIMES. Oh, it wasn’t anything romantic like me getting down on one knee in front of the guys.

My Two Marriage Proposals

With Oky, my first husband, it went somewhat like this: “Hey, let’s get married.” If he was surprised, he didn’t show it. He just smiled shyly and nodded. That’s Oky for you, sweet kind soul that he was. I was 29, he was 39.

With Cung, who had heard tales of my craziness and was (should have been) more prepared…it went somewhat like this: “Let’s sign some papers.” Cung is more cunning though, so he managed to stall it off a little bit, which was arguably for the better. We eventually had a little avocado-themed wedding. I was 33, a recently widowed young woman; Cung was 45.

In both relationships, the girl proposed! Indeed I decided to just go with it and forget about “traditional roles” because I knew it was what I wanted, at that time. There have been a couple times before Oky in which I almost got married (twice, in fact), but I called both of them off because it didn’t feel right. As much as I cared about them, I knew I wouldn’t be able to last more than a couple years with the lifestyle that we would have.

So what am I saying? I guess I’m saying that in my experience, there is no “timeline”. Sometimes things can happen quickly, too quick. And sometimes things happen too slowly for your taste. What’s important is to make sure that it feels right, and to be looking out for yourself first and foremost. Look out for your needs, wants, dreams, goals. Once you know that, then you will be able to ascertain which ones you are willing to compromise, and which ones you will not be willing to compromise.

When that is in place, then I would go for it.

For extra reading, here is a fun article on gender roles in relationships.

10 thoughts on “The Girl Proposed, Twice!

  1. This is an awesome, amazing and beautiful article.
    What you said is true. If you’re feeling right about it, you can take it further. It’s your life and no one else should stand accountable for it.

    Thanks for this my dear β€οΈπŸ€—

    1. Aleesha, thank you so much πŸ™

      1. I’m more than happy to thank you πŸ«‚πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

  2. Totally agree! (No surprise, right?)

    I think men sometimes cant put the words together.
    I also totally agree with the “feels right” timing.

    David proposed to me half a dozen times before finally saying something like “the next time you will have to propose to ME.”
    And eventually I did…but only after a “divorce”–when i shooed him away for 6 months and went off to Thailand for a month.
    I was 35. He was 44, been married before.
    All marriage needs to be weighed–clear-headily, ladies!–“madly in love” is wonderful, but no reason for a marriage. (I mean: we even try on clothes before we buy them, right?)

    David was a wonderful father! My 2 sons are both wonderful fathers! I needed a wonderful father for my children…not Romeo!

    Know the bargain you want to make..then propose!

    1. Preach it frances!!!!

  3. Thank you Airin for this post. Such wisdom!

    1. Aww, thank you!!!

  4. Such a mindblowing writing! 😁 Keep writing rin. ☺️

    1. waaa thank you yaaa

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