This is what got me to thinking. Where are the lines between "friendship", "dating", "a relationship", and something "serious"? I mean, does anything about the interactions between the two of you or the feelings you have for the other person change regardless of what you call it? I brought up the idea of being "together" to him and he got totally freaked out about it and said he wasn't even ready to "date" anyone and wouldn't be for a long time, and that a "relationship" with someone is really far off in the future. Why do we have the need to label these things? Does it give them some sense of value that they don't have without the title? A sense of security that should already be there without some word attached to it?
And also, what about this whole "love" thing? Where does that come into play? How do you know when you're falling in love, in it, or out of it and where are the lines drawn? Why should you wait so long for someone to tell them how you feel if you believe it to be true? Why does it freak people out so much? Why is it defined so differently in a romantic sense, almost like it's a ball and chain or a trap, but it's not that way at all with family members or friends?
I've just come to realize that there's no black and white to any of this. It's all grey area that can't really be defined. People take these simple words way too seriously.
I'd love to hear everyone else's opinions on this. I'm trying to gather other opinions and views on it at the moment so I can understand it all.