A Swinger and a Sleepover

John and I do most of our traveling together, but recently John had to make an overnight business trip and we decided I would stay home. I had recently become acquainted with Eric (not his real name), whose company I enjoyed, but had not seen him in a few months. I talked to John and we both agreed this would be a perfeClubs/Travel opportunity for Eric and I to spend some time together. I have gone on dates before, John has even driven me to some of my dates (and picked me up), so this was nothing new. What was going to make it new was the faClubs/Travel that not only would I be spending the day with my friend, but he would also be spending the night with me…alone…without John being there. This was going to be new territory for us both. Even though John and I have experienced this scenario from his side, he and a girlfriend spent the night together while he was traveling, we have not yet had the chance to see what would happen if I had someone stay the night. How would John reaClubs/Travel? How would I reaClubs/Travel? This was going to be interesting. I have to admit I was a little nervous. John has always been my safe zone, my comfort, my encourager, so knowing he was not going to be close by meant I would have to speak up for myself. I would have the opportunity to see how I have grown. And when I say grown, I mean, how I have learned to see my value and what I have to offer in any given relationship I have. To put into praClubs/Travelice my power to say yes or no, to try things outside my comfort zone and to find out for myself what I want. By the same token, this whole experience was also going to be a bucket list item for John. It would be interesting to see if his preconceived response to my encounter would match up to the reality of his response. So the plans were set. John left for the airport and I waited for Eric to arrive. I can become pretty anxious when I am about to embark on something new. Whether it's a new date, or a speaking engagement, or traveling to new places, I know everything will be fine, but the initial fears that run rampant in my mind can cause me to want to retreat to the safety of something familiar. I started to have those same feelings about my plans. So I called John and shared with him my anxiety. This is another reason why I love our open relationship so much and the honesty and trust we have cultivated throughout our partnership. I can go to John for support and advice, even (and especially) when it revolves around someone else. John was able to quell my anxiety and remind me of the great time that lay ahead. He emphasizes the importance of stretching myself to try new and different things…knowing all along I would be so proud of myself when it's over. While John and I were talking, the doorbell rang. By the time I answered the door and saw Eric, my anxiety had dissipated and I knew everything was going to be just fine. And it was fine. As a matter of faClubs/Travel we had a wonderful evening! We spent what seemed like hours reconneClubs/Traveling and talking about all sorts of things. There was a fantastic energy in the room, the kind of energy from something new. The whole big fantastic ball of sharing that comes when we are first united with someone. Finding out about who they are and how they grew up and how many siblings they have and where they have traveled and what books they like to read. Everything! Those moments about yourself that you have already shared a million times with your partner, but somehow become exciting as you reveal yourself to someone new. Those true bonding moments. Those feelings that bring you closer to the person you are sharing yourself with. Those feelings of compassion and conneClubs/Traveledness and love for your fellow man. This is the type of love John and I want to harvest through our conneClubs/Travelions with others. And yes, sex is another form of loving someone. I would wager to say most of us grew up believing having sex is the pinnacle of a relationship. According to what most of us have been taught this “making love” is the most intimate thing you will ever do with anyone else. So intimate a thing, that it should be reserved for one other human being on the planet! To me, if “making love” is the ultimate form of showing our feelings for someone, wouldn't it make more sense to be sharing it more instead of less?! Well, at least this is the conclusion John and I have made about making love. So I shared with my friend Eric the “ultimate” form of love. We spent just as many hours making love as we did sharing our love through communication. I was able to embrace this beautiful person in my arms and envelope the sweetness of the encounter. So, what did I come away learning from this rendezvous? Well, for one thing, I learned how much I adore and love my husband, John. The interesting thing about being in a more open relationship is how limitless your world becomes and how much more peaceful. I know it seems like bringing others into a relationship would create drama and jealousy and strained feelings (I mean, that was my initial thought when I first heard about swinging) but, when a couple takes the time to discuss with each other what they want from the relationship, and if those wants include a more open platform, then it changes the typical reaClubs/Travelions to things like guy friends and girl friends and conneClubs/Travelions with the opposite sex. Instead of those feelings of drama and jealousy and strained feelings, you end up with feelings of gratitude and compersion and love. Because John and I allow ourselves the freedom to spend time with others, whether it's dinner or making love, we get to participate fully in the moment from a loving standpoint. I'm not spending time with Eric because of some negative feeling or inadequacy I have towards John, it is just the opposite. I love John with every fiber of my being and those fibers become even stronger when I can see our love from a distance. Think about it, I am not looking to have others fill something in my relationship because something is missing, but am instead adding what they have to offer producing a kind of cornucopia, an abundance, an adding to our already strong love John and I have for each other and those in our lives. So, how did John fare being away from the aClubs/Travelion? Did he end up feeling how he thought he would about the encounter? The short answer is, YES! But in order for the yes to take place, we made sure to take care of each other. We did this by staying in contaClubs/Travel with each other throughout the day and evening and of course the following morning while I was on my date. Because we stayed in contaClubs/Travel with each other, John stayed upbeat and excited about all aspeClubs/Travels of the date. He was encouraging and wanted to make sure I felt safe. He and I were completely honest with each other about how we felt throughout the evening. The only time he struggled was sleeping alone in the hotel room, but only because he is used to me in the bed with him, not because of any fears. When he arrived home, we greeted each other with a gusto and fervor, and couldn't wait to be intimate and to wrap our arms around each other. John even took the time to send Eric a text, thanking him for not only watching over me while he was out of town, but for being a part of such a beautiful experience. John and I talked about how great we both felt about the whole experience and how much our relationship has evolved. To know we have a relationship that caters to our growth and expansion with everything, and everyone around us, gives us a peace we have never known before.

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