Turning down an offer of marriage

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Dear [name of person that offered marriage],

I am so flattered and feel blessed that you would want to spend the rest of your life with me. But I am not ready to make that level of commitment, and feel it would be unfair of you to pretend that I am. A decision such as marriage is made too lightly too often in this day and age. Making such a decision lightly leads to such incredible pain and heartache, and I would never want to be the cause of so negative and experience.

I hope that you understand my reticence, and that it has nothing to do with you as a person. I hope that you can bear with me, and be patient.