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Parents And My Decision

Dear Rabbetzin,
I am writing to you because I feel like I am between a rock and a hard place. I am a young woman of Sepharadic heritage in my early 30s. I have been looking very persistently and head strong to find the person to spend my life with.
for nearly 8 years. I want so badly to get married and start my own family. I was raised conservatively and prefer someone who shares the same level of religiousness. I have gone out with many men, have gone through heartache, have put my guard up to protect myself, and I can don`t want to waste my time any longer. I have recently met a man in his mid 30s. He was raised in an Orthodox family, but pulled away from the Orthodox lifestyle and lives a Traditional lifestyle now. He, nor any of his siblings or mother, talk to his father any longer. He has traveled a great deal, seen many things, and experienced a great deal. I feel that I am much more conservative then him, in regards to my lifestyle, and he is not. He says that he has changed from the man he was when he was younger (which was a very rebellious man), and says that he doesn`t want to hurt his family, others, or himself by his selfish actions, and knows how to treat a woman now. We live six hours away from each other, and see each other about every 3-4 weeks, and speak everyday. I like this young man, and we get along very well, at least for the short time that we have known each other. He pursues me very persistently, and is attentive to me. The issue I have is that his immigration status is a problem right now, and he is unable to get a job. We are both on the same page, and would like to settle down, but as much as I like him, this issue of immigration and work is constantly on my mind. My parents are not happy with the situation, because they worry about consequences that may occur if we end up together. I know that it is too soon to think about the serious topic of marriage, however, he is determined to move down to where I live, and leave what he has in the city that he is in. He has family where I live who may be able to help him, but his future is unclear until his immigration status is cleared. I see him as a determined and ambitious individual, but I don`t want to struggle in my life. I have worked very hard to get to the place that I am at, and I do not want to go backwards and struggle. There is no guarantee of what he can offer, because he can tell me what he can do, but I want to see it in action (and that won`t be possible right now). I want to make sure he wants me for me, and not immigration reasons, and I want to make sure he can get on his feet and be the man of the family. I do not know what decision to make because I don`t want to let go of someone who I like, and we may be good for each other. Nor do I want to make the wrong decision of being with the wrong person. I know how hard it is for two people to want each other, usually it is the case that one person only wants to pursue a relationship. However, I also don`t want him make a big move and leave what stability he has. We will see each other consistently if he does this, however, I don`t know the end result. I want to please my parents with who I end up with, and want them to welcome him with open arms. At the same time, they don`t agree with this situation due to the unstability of everything. I feel stressed, confused, and don`t want to make a mistake. I just don`t want anyone to get hurt in any manner, and I was hoping you could give me some ideas as to what I could, or should do. I would really appreciate your input.