Gone are the days when a relationship meant marriage. Today, men and women are opting for romantic, sexual and intimate relationships that are non-traditional, at least as per societal standards. So long as you know what you are seeking and find such a setup fulfilling, getting into such a relationship is your choice. But there are a few things to keep in mind.
Accept who you are
The first step is acknowledging that what you have is different and knowing that there is no shame in being different. Only when you accept who you are will you be able to help loved ones understand you and your way of life in a better manner.
Stick to your beliefs
Even if you accept who you are, it may happen that others may call your relationship a fad or try to convince you to give it up for something more acceptable. Some things in life are negotiable, but your values and beliefs aren’t up for discussion.
Create your own normal
If you are in an unusual setup, you may not know what to do and what not to do. Talk to your SO and work towards establishing your own version of usual. Do things that work for you and give you a sense of routine.
Another important thing is having rules for loved ones. It may take them some time to adjust to what you and your partner share. So, till they are comfortable with the situation, a few ground rules can help in ensuring that things do not get ugly.
There will be a difference of opinion
Be prepared to face some amount of resistance when you make your relationship public. Put in effort to help your loved ones understand your choices, but if they do not accept you, be prepared to maintain distance.
Last but not the least, being in a relationship that isn’t conventional by societal standards comes with its own challenges and struggles. If you do not have a support system in place to help you navigate it, do not hesitate in seeking professional help.