I know that people make many compromises in a marriage. It's how you get along with someone else and how you can manage to live together happily for decades. Of course, there are some things on which people can't or won't compromise. We all have those issues. Sometimes they change as we grow and age and sometimes they don't.
I find myself in a situation with Hubby where compromise may not be possible.
First, let me say that we have agreed that we are staying together no matter what. Divorce is not an option. We love each other, and our children, and we are committed to making the marriage work. We get along very well. We enjoy each other's company. Our relationship is very good, except for this pesky sex issue.
He wants us to re-commit to only having sex with each other. Even though we both have done our share of straying outside the marriage for sex recently, he wants that to stop now.
I want to continue to have the freedom to have sex outside the marriage. I'm totally fine with him having sex with other women if that's what he would like to do. If not, I'm okay with that, too. But I want it all to be out in the open. No more lying.
This is kind of where things are at right now, but not because we have agreed. It's kind of the default situation until we reach agreement. I'll admit though, that I have cut way back on my prowling out of respect for him until we reach agreement, and when he asks about it, I tell the truth.
I guess it sort of feels like a compromise to me because I'm doing much less prowling than I'd like. Of course, Hubby doesn't see it that way. To him, screwing JJ once a month or once a week is all the same.
We're in the negotiation stage now. We have been here for a while, but our positions haven't been as clearly defined as they are now.
Is compromise possible in this situation?