Reed and I have been ‘at this’ for a long time, though I suppose that is a relative statement. Let’s just say more then 5 years, less then 10 if you need a calendar timeline. An emotional timeline is far more difficult. I’d say some days it seems like forever, and other days it seems like we are still wet behind the ears.
Only, we are not wet behind the ears, those days seem to have been easier in comparison to now. The first few years were a real eye opener personally. There was a great deal of inner growth, realizations of why I hid, or didn’t recognize who I was. Revelations flew at me at a rapid pace back then. Things were and still are a bit slower in that department for Reed. Perhaps it is a male/female difference, or perhaps it is the fact that I had time to prepare for my outing and his every move has been scrutinized since day one, thus leaving him very little time for self discovery because his concentration has been on leading. But, I digress…..
I have come to realize many of us are in similar situations with our dynamic.. The longer we live this life, the more we come to rely on our significant other to provide what we expect from them, based on our history within this dynamic. This isn’t to say we shirk all our responsibilities. Self improvement, and drive still has to exist, for both parties, but at least for myself the expectation is so much greater now for him to be proactive, to maintain, to alter the course.
The satisfaction of shooting for the moon and landing on a star seems to diminish when you have landed and walked on the moon. I don’t believe this means those of us who feel this way are all ungrateful or demanding, it merely means our expectations have grown due our life experiences with this. Once upon a time many might have read about others and wished/hoped/desired for a life like that. After experiencing it, whether in pockets or constantly, longings change from what others have to what we had, (even if the time has only been a week or so at a time) when we struggle. Once awakened to a better relationship, or perhaps just a deeper connection in an already good relationship, speaking from a female subs point of view anyway, you can’t unfeel that. Gone is the hoping we could be that some day – changed to knowing we have been that. And quite frankly for me it is like an intoxicating drug. The freedom found in living such an unguarded existence is too incredible for me to accurately express in words.
So, where do Reed and I find ourselves currently? Hoping the cloud cover will blow past so we can even SEE the moon to shoot for. Sometimes the upheaval of schedules due to summer vacation is to blame – but our expectations are that we have lived this life for so long, that should not happen. Now we find ourselves in a spot where the reason for this endless loop ( it has been a few months now) is more important than where we are. There are still stand alone instances of D/s but it doesn’t feel like it is an undercurrent running through our relationship at the moment.
HOW did this happen is the burning question. There were no outward distractions, greater than normal anyway. There was no illness, or life getting in the way. It appears it was just US. Pressures, and expectations….one feeling they need to rely on a person for something they feel they are refusing to deliver upon in a meaningful way….the other feeling fearful for reasons the first does not comprehend.
Communication they say is key. We communicate so differently now then we did 2 years ago, and completely differently then we did when we began. The depth of communication, and yes expectations from communication has changed. Both of us expect more and instantaneous results from our conversations. Sadly that doesn’t always happen. Some days it feels like there is little point to conversing, afterall haven’t we both said the same things a hundred times before? Reed’s answer to that statement, ” Then we shall say them 101 times”.
It has been my experience that this dynamic doesn’t get easier as we cross off days on the calendar. The struggles or the reasons behind the challenges on the surface appear to be similar to ones we started out with in the first few years , and to a degree they are. What is different is knowing; knowing you can live, feel, experience a different degree of life with your significant other. There is a longing to reach back into the past and relive that time. There is a confusion on how on earth you stumbled AGAIN. It is so much more than merely opening Pandora’s Box. There is a part of your soul that has been touched so deeply you cannot deny its existence. You hold the key to that, but you need the other person to turn it; to unlock the final piece. And the thing about this dynamic which many don’t realize, you need them to unlock it over and over again.
For some that may mean every day. For others once a week, or month. I believe our personal histories before our relationships and within the context of the dynamic plays a pivotal role in how often we find our lock needs to be opened. I know personally I do far better if Reed props the ‘door open’ but honestly often he has to pull me through it in order for me to feel it is okay to be there. Once there I am generally good for staying put…until I am not.
Lately I have felt as if I have been pounding from the inside of a vault and the other side can’t make out the sound. I just want to get back to the track we were on. It wasn’t ever perfect, but it was heading in a direction of great promise. When we are where we find ourselves now I begin to question whether what happened was real, or if I read too much into it, to make it what I needed it to be.
I suspect we will be fine, we always end up having another pocket of connection. I just grow weary of all of the time clinging to the memories of our past and waiting for them to be our present again.