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Married but........

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James76

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13/06/17

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Created: 13/06/17
Views: 132
Replies: 11
 
krispletarse said,

Thanks James76 for starting this thread as it mirrors the daily struggle I have. I'm in my early 40's, married to a woman I love and together have four healthy, happy kids. Two years ago I admitted to my wife that I thought I was gay. This occurred because our sex life was waning and she thought I might be having an affair. I wasn't, I was just fantasizing about pleasing other men. After much heartache and discussion we stayed together deciding it was guilt from hiding a taboo fantasy. Our sex life improved when toys were introduced. It wasn't long though before we started having problems again. I will put a lot of pressure on myself that if I wasn't rock hard that our relationship was at stake. The irony of that though is sex is a mental state and if you are worried about losing your hard on, you probably will (unless you have a teenage libido🙂).
A couple of weeks ago, after another failed tumble, I told her I was still struggling with my sexual identity. I was emboldened by the posts on here to be honest with her. If I am honest with myself admitting I'm gay feels a lot truer than saying I am not.
I am at the point now where I am asking, how do I give up the loving world I know, (she still loves me and wants me to be her husband) and enter a life I have little or no knowledge of. My experience with other men is limited to massages, which I really enjoyed and looking at Craigslist posts.
I live in the bayside suburbs of Brisbane and I am worried about entering a world of cum drops, glory holes and blo n go's.

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Freddie said,

Hi Krisp, I sounds familiar the sex anxiety and hardness ritual. I know what you are saying and the frustration involved

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Bloomy said,
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Hi Guys,

You're all experiencing pain caused by not making a decision. This is what it's like to deny and suppress your true feelings. It's very difficult. Everyone has a different threshold for pain and so until you reach that threshold you won't make a change in your life.

Accepting your sexuality is one of the most difficult steps men like us (including me) take. It means being brutally honest with yourself about what you really want, and how you see your life in the future.

Of course, it's scary, but your fear is because you're not sure what will happen next, and also that you don't want to hurt anyone in the process. Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do about the hurt. That will inevitably happen, but it doesn't mean you can't be caring and supportive in the process. You'll both need support as my experience is that these situations usually end in divorce.

FEAR= False Evidence Appearing Real. Don't let fear overwhelm you. It's just the way our body tries to protect us. You can control fear, and learn to make decisions that make sense.

As far as knowing what happens next, well, that's anyone's guess. In my experiences working with many men in this situation, it usually goes much better than they anticipate. In other words, they aren't very good at seeing into the future. I don't know anyone that is, so my advice is you shouldn't try.

Be authentic, be honest, make decisions with integrity and you can't go wrong. In my experience with myself and the hundreds of men I've supported, once you truly accept yourself, i.e. decide that it's ok to be gay, you'll find things start to improve.
You'll feel better. Then take it one step at a time. Do you know how to eat an elephant? One bight at a time.

If you feel the need to talk to someone about your situation try calling the GAMMA Hotline on 1800 804 617. They have a lot of experience supporting men in your situation.

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