I’m worried I will break her heart
You will. You absolutely will. And then it will break yours and you’ll feel much like a Wayward.
Been there-done that.
I don’t know how old you are, but I noticed dating in midlife is totally different than when dating in my 20-30’s. Many of the matches I dated were divorcées who seemed to be in a big damned hurry to get serious. Like time was a wastin’. Rush to ILY’s. Rush to exclusivity. Rush to moving in together. Some were even pretty careless with the birth control.
I too wanted to take it slow, choose carefully and make sure I wasn’t rebounding while simultaneously and conversely yearning for, and missing, the stability, affection and, especially, the intimacy… of a serious exclusive relationship like I had grown accustomed to throughout my 25 married years.
I’m sure I was sending very mixed messages. My right brain was thinking carefully, rationally, conservatively, pragmatically while the left was…
It seemed that my dating experiences ranged from totally aloof flakey player partners to those who would over commit. From one extreme to the other.
My post affair trust issues always had me wondering, are these women truly attracted to me for the right reasons? Am I? Are they rebounding? Am I? Are they desperately looking for stability, a warm, safe place to land? Am I? Are the ILY’s they seemed to be eager to profess based in something real and perhaps everlasting? Are mine?
Am I just using her for good company, a salve, affection, sex? Is she using me? Is this all legit?
And then, in an effort to slow things down to carefully evaluate and see how things go, things begin to insidiously, yet naturally evolve. She spends more time at your house, you hers. You begin meeting her friends and family, she yours. Tokens of affection increase. Etc. ("etc being a very encompassing term") until…
you realize things are going, have gone too far and, putting the breaks on at this point, is going to really…suck.
I think the only way to avoid this pitfall is, to be honest and communicate your honest feelings and intentions every..step..of-the-way. No subterfuge. No leading her on. Tell her you just want to be very careful, after everything you’ve been through. Tell her, honestly, what you’re getting-enjoying from the relationship so far, what your current feelings are, and then be honest about prospects for the future.
Be honest with her. Be honest with yourself.
So if the time comes to move on, you can do it on terms that sit well with your conscience. You can do it with class, as a gentleman and, terms she’ll perhaps understand and appreciate or, at least be able to forgive.
[This message edited by RealityBlows at 5:57 AM, Saturday, May 14th]