I just don't want to share that part of me with him, it seems so very private. And its reminding me of the way I felt before my affair, that there is some power struggle going on and its the one thing I can keep from him. Which of course, means I probably feel powerless in this relationship and want him to know something.
Its the old push/pull thing with no resolution. Just a giving in by somebody. I'm not quite sure why we're like this. Yes, something very small happened, he was honest and I struggled with his choice. And it led me to think about what I posted yesterday on some thread - he's giving what he can and I have to accept that.
I don't mean to do this but I just freaking close up. I'm not sure subconscious actions reveal true feelings. We'll discuss in MC. But this has never happened before since the As.
me (WW/BS): 48
4 kiddos in mid 20's
“Follow your intuition. Be smart, be brave. Tell the truth and don’t take any shit.”
If this is, in fact, a positive development, you'll probably pretty quickly remember the pleasure of sex and shift to, 'I can say 'No', but I don't want to.'
'Yes' is just so much more powerful when you know you can say 'No', too. A real 'yes' allows a person to be a willing, even eager and committed, partner instead of someone doing something against his will. JMO, of course.
I did talk to him about the trigger and when I dig it involves me being stuck in my lack of acceptance. And that acceptance is that it actually happened but also, that he is limited in what he'll do to make it more palatable for me.
After working through my feelings more, I realized a couple of things. The first is that a few days prior to that, while I was still struggling with those feelings, I did have sex with him when I didn't really want to but felt like I "should" because it had been two weeks. This led to the second realization, this was an example of me meeting a need of his, while not expecting him to meet a need of mine.
This is a FOO issue for me. Take care of others, and don't expect them to meet yours because they can't. This is the attitude Ive had to take with many of my family members. WH has had to do the same.
Here's the thing, my marriage, like yours, is a relationship of choice. We are choosing to be with someone who is not currently meeting our needs (and maybe never did). It is also a choice to accept that this person cannot meet your needs.
It isn't surprising that you don't want to be intimate with someone you can't trust to meet your needs. The two go hand in hand, and both are needed for a healthy relationship.
I woke up today deciding that I choose differently. I'm holding him accountable from here on out. No more passes because he is more limited emotionally. If he truly cannot step up, I think I owe it to myself to leave. Otherwise, I am sentencing myself (and him) to a marriage filled with pain.