When I write, I generally start with a title. Often it’s just a single word, chosen carefully to capture the boiled down essence of what I want to put out into the world, on that.
Today I have no title. No message. No common theme.
Everything is messy. Half my life is packed into boxes. I don’t have a concrete move date yet, I just know it will be by the 24th of June. I’m excited to move, I’ve been purging material things, and it almost feels like emotional things might be following.
I think I am realizing that I don’t want to be in a relationship with someone who has three “Big R” Relationships. I can’t remember where I heard the phrases “Big R” and “little r” as a way to describe the different levels of entanglement in polyamorous (or other) relationships, but I kind of like the terms.
Special Man Friend has been seeing Montana since last August. They have quietly moved into Big R territory. CC and SMF are a Big R. SMF and I are a Big R.
SMF has said that he wishes I wouldn’t compare relationships. Fair enough. But I am not happy, and when I look around to see why not, I see that my relationship is not meeting my needs. My wants and expectations are not aligned with what he can give me. With what he chooses to give me.
Ok, so one of the core poly tenets is that if your needs aren’t being met, it’s ok, even desirable to fill those needs somewhere else, whether that comes from another relationship, or from within, and from your relationship with yourself.
I cannot dictate Special Man’s relationships. I can only choose feels good and right, for me, within my own dynamic. I told SMF today that the only thing I can think to do, if I don’t want to be one of three BIG R’s, is to renegotiate my relationship with him to a little r.
I don’t know what that looks like exactly.
I just know that I want to be happy and, and I want him to be happy too. I’ve been compromising for so long, that it feels like I’m settling, and this makes me sad because I know this has been a long held fear of his. I want to be with him. But not like this.
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I feel your pain so hard. I have been in the same place, and we did go from Big R to little r for awhile. And it did bring peace. And in Rome, he realized he did not want to be little r with me, and now we’re Big R again.
Maybe paring things back will help bring both of you some clarity.
I have been reading your blog for years now (3? 4?)and I agree that you have been compromising for so long. Something I wonder- is the dating pool pretty shallow where you live? I’d love for you to be someone’s only Big R for a little while. Also something I’ve been wondering… How’s the photography going? Keep writing, I look forward to your posts.
Yes, the dating pool is limited. The poly community is growing fast here, so there’s that… I am trying to stay as open as I can to new connections, but I’ve been told by people who love me, that I’m picky. I’m not picky. I’m efficient, and I know what I like and don’t like. 🙂
I feel your pain. I’ve lived it.
They say love is infinite but time and attention are not. There comes a point where you feel saturated by all the others you share time with and wonder what’s the limit. I believe you are reaching it.
I’m certain he’s a wonderful man but you are a wonderful woman and you deserve more than 1/3 of his affection.
I hope you find clarity and a still , happy heart again. 💕
This is EXACTLY how I’m feeling…