While they had hoped for a wedding (a one-day party), Deidre and Mac now have a chance at marriage (an everlasting spiritual union).
They are simply not interested in being in a serious relationship at this time in their life.
When your back is up against the wall—when you're at risk of losing something irreplaceable—you "wake up" from complacency. In this five-article series, I've been analyzing the breakup of Deidre and Mac—a couple who hit a major crisis on the brink of their wedding.
Their crisis—while unique to them—represents the turning point of all relationships.
If you're confused as to whether your behavior is "emotionally mature," ask yourself: Am I enjoying fulfilling, intimate relationships? Talk with a skilled therapist, pastor, or counselor.
Partners may choose to separate (either physically or emotionally) while they work on their own individual issues.