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Old 04-15-2010, 12:54 AM
Irena Irena is offline
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Hi! I've popped in and lurked here a few times, decided it was time to introduce myself and maybe start posting. I'm involved with a poly guy who I started seeing several months ago... he's rebounding hard off a year-long relationship, so I didn't know how far my involvement with him was going to go, but it's starting to feel pretty real.

I'm too new to polyamory to feel comfortable making definite pronouncements about myself, but I suspect I could be quite happy being either mono or poly. I'm just trying to feel everything out, not trying to rush things. I have a blog where I've been writing about stuff, but I started to feel the need for a little more give-and-take. I guess I'll hie me over to the "new to polyamory" forum for a little more discussion of my specific situation.
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:36 AM
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Welcome to the forums, and best of luck with whatever relationship style ends up suiting you best.

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Old 04-15-2010, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Irena View Post
I'm too new to polyamory to feel comfortable making definite pronouncements about myself, but I suspect I could be quite happy being either mono or poly.
I like to use the straight / gay / bi analogy of polyamory... some people are "straight" (can only be in monogamous relationships), some people are "gay" (can only be in polyamorous relationships) and some people are "bi" (can be in either poly or mono relationships).

I suspect that with the number of people out there who are raised in monogamous society and never really question it until they fall in love with someone who's poly, or else their partner discovers that they're poly, so they learn to swing the other way, that this "bisexual" analogy of poly is more common than we may be led to believe.

I think I fall into this camp, too. I don't feel like anything is "missing" in my marriage. When we met, I was vehemently poly and made it very clear that I would keep dating the people I was already dating. But when things got more serious, I was the one who decided to make it exclusive for an indeterminate amount of time, much to my partner's frustration, after he had gone through all the hard work of coming to terms with the idea of someone he loved being with someone else. But I wanted to take that time to focus on "us" and get our lives in sync, learn to communicate together, figure out what kind of lives we wanted to live together, and basically work our shit out, before going back to poly. Now, three years later, I feel like we've done that, we're well established, and it again feels comfortable to think of myself as poly. But if he would have announced that there was just no way he could handle it, I could definitely give up a poly lifestyle. I'm just glad he didn't make me choose.. I despise ultimati (ultimatums?)
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:26 PM
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Glad to have you as part of the group! There are some great people here with wonderful views and advice.
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