There seems to be a lot of blogging going around about being interested in more than one person at a time (or maybe it’s just because this is my current situation that I feel like I’m seeing it a lot). It’s clearly a subject that people feel very different about. Here’s what I think:
To me, I can definitely be interested in more than one man at a time. At least up to a certain level. Do I think it’s possible to be in love with more than one at a time? I’m not sure. I haven’t tried it. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think it can happen. People are different and have different ways of responding to their emotions. Personally, I have a lot of extremes inside of me. Some of them go without saying because I’ve grown up with two very different cultures. Some of them are just because I have a lot of different sides to me that you don’t normally find in the same person. Ideally, I’ll find someone with the same combinations as me. But until that happens I don’t think it’s strange that I might be interested in or attracted to different men for different reasons.
At the moment, yes – I am interested in two guys and for different reasons. TG has brought out some sides in me that I always wished were there, but that I simply thought I’d never see. He changed my perspective on many things about living in this strange country. He opened me up to new experiences and is one of the main reasons I will now most probably prolong my stay here. Am I in love with him? No. Could I fall for him? I don’t think so. The age difference (or perhaps more correctly the difference in experiences in life) means that there are some important levels we don’t connect on. But I have to say that he has surprised me positively by turning out to be much sweeter and more caring than I thought he could be.
So aren’t I afraid I might hurt him if I suddenly stop it? A bit, I can’t deny that. His sweetness and tenderness (especially very suddenly in bed) makes me think that maybe he is developing strong feelings. But we’ve talked and I’ve even said specifically that I was afraid of hurting him. He denied this would happen. Not because he doesn’t care for me. But because he doesn’t think about the future the way that I (and most women) do. He takes life a week at a time – at best! He’s enjoying spending time with me now and if I suddenly pull the plug, he might be down about it for a few days, but then he’ll be out again partying and flirting just like before. He’s planning on moving to the UK in a years time to start his masters. We talked about that just two days ago and it was clear that none of us were expecting our relationship to be an issue then. So for now, we’re both just enjoying life and each others company without thinking about what will come next.
Now, even though I’ve never seen TG as someone long-term I wasn’t looking for someone else. Normally that’s not my style. But I met NG by coincidence and felt that this was a person I wanted to get to know better. NG is the exact opposite of TG. He’s my age, has a high education, a good career, has lived in several different countries, likes the same kind of music as me etc. And he’s hot. Like REALLY hot! NG and I have met three times for coffee. All times we’ve stayed talking for three hours non stop. The conversation is good and we’re slowly getting to know each other. However, the fact that he spends most of the week in a different country makes it hard for us to see each other (I could never do the whole going several weeks without seeing each other – at least not in the beginning). Plus, while the conversation has been good, I’m beginning to wonder if he has that crazy side that can make me scream of laughter. He’s very shy and maybe just holding back. But it doesn’t matter if he’s perfect on all other points. If he can’t make me laugh, then there’s no way this could develop.
So yes. At the moment I’m dating TG and slowly getting to know NG. I feel I can do that because TG and I both know that what we have isn’t longterm. And my meetings with NG hardly even qualify as dates. My line goes when things become physical. I would never let things go past one single kiss with NG (but I would try the one kiss… That can reveal a lot) while I’m still seeing TG.
Maybe all this makes me a slut or a bitch or I don’t know what else in other people’s’ eyes. But honestly, I couldn’t care less. This is my life. And I’ve already spent too many years not living it. I’m done with making decisions that will make me think what if. Will I get hurt along the way or hurt others? Probably. But that’s still better than the what if.