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My Husband Gave Me an Ultimatum. I’m Doubting My Selection.

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Pricey Do It,

My husband and I’ve been collectively for 20 years. Our relationship has all the time been open. That is one thing we began collectively and had not executed in prior relationships. About 5 years in the past, we merged BDSM into our dynamic. A little bit over a yr in the past, he actively sought out a boyfriend for me.

After a yr of being in a relationship with this man, my husband gave me an ultimatum. I, in fact, selected him. I’m saddened past expectations. My now ex is devastated. The place do I am going from right here? Is there life after polyamory? Can I simply transfer on with out feeling resentment towards my husband? I are not looking for my marriage to be in jeopardy however I additionally don’t wish to really feel like he’s the “boss” of what I do and really feel. And, sure, I’ve expressed to him many instances that he ought to discover somebody additionally. I can’t be every part to him as he can’t be every part to me. I do know this isn’t a typical problem however it’s ours. And I’m floundering.

—Wanting the Cake and To Eat It Too

Pricey Wanting the Cake,

Let’s separate what you do from how you are feeling. Your husband doesn’t have the flexibility to dictate your emotions. In the meantime, your emotions don’t essentially must dictate what you do. How a lot management you wish to enable your husband over your actions, although, is a special story.

You sum it up in your sign-off—you wish to have your cake and eat it too. Your husband appears to want to really feel valued above all others, and desires you to not be relationship your now ex-boyfriend. You selected your husband. It would assist to assume by way of the entire the reason why you selected him when it got here to his ultimatum. What does he add to your life? What do you get out of being on this marriage? What do you recognize and love about him? You don’t say a lot about how BDSM is integrated into your relationship, so I’m at a little bit of a loss as to find out how to handle that.

Take into consideration how comfy you might be with the compromise you’ve already made. Take into account what precisely you’re speaking about whenever you say you and your husband can’t be every part to one another. What’s lacking? Is it attainable to get these wants and wishes met in platonic relationships?

When you can’t be joyful and fulfilled inside your marriage, take into account pushing again towards your husband’s ultimatum. Have a dialog the place you spell out what the gaps are, and inform him the way you’re feeling. It’s attainable he can shift his place to accommodate your wants, and 20 years of marriage deserves an opportunity to work issues out. However when you’re not happy, it is likely to be time to maneuver on.


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