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Classifying relationship types is as easy as calling them platonic or romantic. But is it always this simple? It’s fair to consider that some couples do things very differently. There are couples that have open relationships, sexual relationships, or are polyamorous. Furthermore, there are singles who have simply resolved to a non-committed lifestyle. While these can be referred in multiple ways but they predominantly fall into the consensually non-monogamous relationship category. The popular parallax this goes by is “Friends with Benefits”. Here we will explore the case of consensually non – monogamous relationship in seniors.
Seniors are just as capable of creating this type of relationship as any other age group. Such relationships can have an expansive set of benefits or negatives which will play out depending on individual lifestyles, age and relationship history. We explore a few aspects that provide direction to explore if it is a good situation for you to try.
Consensually non-monogamous relationships or “Friends with Benefits,” is a practice that is not new. Why it works so well for seniors you say? Let’s explore
Honesty is the key in any relationship. When two adults are able to share with each other their feelings and create an open line of communication, it changes the feelings attached. Complete transparency with consensual agreement is a great pairing. What could be awesome is a pair of consenting, healthy adults, however you can never be sure when it’s the partners first time together.
Sex should always be a safe and fun interaction. Without any commitment it takes away the obligation of sex and increases the freedom you have to explore your options. Whether it’s with a close friend or just an acquaintance or someone you find on-line, you are empowered to make an independent decision for yourself. You are no longer limiting yourself to a long term commitment. When you’re an independent individual who has already done the song and dance of being involved in twisted deep feelings, the freedom that comes from sharing yourself with someone else is truly liberating.
Remember that without commitment your responsibility to self emotionally will increase. The endeavor of re-living your younger years of casual relationship may make you feel youthful in all the right ways, however remain thoughtful of how the adventure will impact your daily life and is it worth chasing.