From comment: “What makes you so special?”

We’ve not received the volume of negative comments that others do, for that, I’m not at all unhappy. But we did receive one the other day that actually had me thinking.

In essence, (paraphrased) “What makes you so special? FLR and D/s and these things all of you write about don’t make you better than (me) and I’m sick of reading about it. People without this aren’t less happy, less sexy, less (fill in the blank)… Stop dictating how people should live!”

In essence, SHUT UP ABOUT IT.

Well, first, why are you here? I mean, why subject yourself to reading stuff that bugs you so? Just askin. And, my standard disclaimer (which also baffles me with the last portion of the above):

What works for us, may not work for you. It may in pieces, in whole, or not at all, and what works for you is awesome, cool and wonderful. Things we write about are opinions. Our opinions. It’s totally cool if you don’t share them. We relay our experiences alone, and do not pretend that there is any single “one true path” – your mileage may vary. Some restrictions apply.

But second, I really started wondering what it is about D/s and all of this that we like to talk about, what is it that makes it exciting, seemingly relationship building/changing/enabling/growing. *IS* there something about all of this that is different, interesting, worth all of the hullabaloo?

I think so, yes.

It’s not to say that that bowling hobby you enjoy with your partner isn’t a big boon to your relationship. Or hiking, or skydiving or bungee jumping or swimming or whatever. All of that is good and valuable and helps grow common interests and all of that.

I think, though, that the types of things in this community get so interesting because of a few different things.

Thoughtful Change
It takes all parties acknowledging a desire to do some new things, to change, to inject the energy, learning, open mindedness, and interest into what’s fun, what’s not, what’s interesting. That common path, and then merging what people think of options (remember the periodic table of kinks? Yeah. Lots of paths to consider and explore or discount) along the way to make it your own.

Any type of partnership – marriage, partner, poly, mono, whatever – has to change and morph over time. If it doesn’t, it can (but won’t necessarily, geesh) have a harder time of things. That change, and reacting to it, working through it, can really make partnership strong. That shared learning of new ideas, sharing experiences, doing new things is exciting! It’s wonderful to share it with each other.

Exploration
Like going to a new place, or doing a new thing, or tweaking something you already know you love doing – exploration is encouraged in all of this space – it’s a fundamental aspect of all of this – in any direction you want to take it. That exporation gives common ground between you, draws you closer (just like going somewhere new to visit builds common memories).

That is a foundation of shared lives, experiences and goals. There’s nothing different in this space – whether it be chastity or flr or D/s or any of the 10,123 different variations (last count) – that exploration of things you like and don’t like as much, is a wonderful thing. And… there is MUCH to explore.

Intimacy, adrenaline and all those body chemicals are a big part of this, which re-enforces it all at an animal level, along with other great visceral feelings and experiences that you can push and tweak and play with.

Trust
Anyone reading here knows trust is huge part of all of this. From what we do to what ANYONE else is doing. Consent anyone? It’s huge. It’s key.

  • Trust that the person is trustworthy.
  • Trust to try new things.
  • Trust to stop, continue, modify if needed.

I mean, without trust, this whole thing gets really, really dicey. If you’re going to experiment with any type of being restrained, do you really want to do that without trust between the players? Didn’t think so.

But that trust enhances the whole situation between the parties. You have to give yourself to them. They have to accept that responsibility. You have to honor the trust back to them. Trust is one of the bedrock foundations of relationships and to participate in this whole thing, you best have it in spades, or reconsider carefully whether this is something you should be involved in with that particular party.

Sexy Time (duh!)
I mean, seriously. Do I need to explain this? Learn new things, make you, others feel great, have fun, lather, rinse, repeat.

Where Else Can You Find This?
I’m sure people could come up with things. Perhaps rock climbing injects a lot of that – belaying someone down the mountainside is a pretty trusting thing to be part of, on both sides.

So, no. We’re not experts. We’re sharing things we’ve found, we’re excited about our own experiences. We have fun hearing about so many other people’s experiences and ideas and thoughts and all of that.

I totally understand if it’s not your cup of tea.

10 thoughts on “From comment: “What makes you so special?”

  1. Sad that some people have to belittle others to feel good about themselves. Sad that some people feel compelled to read about topics that bother them completely! Why read something that causes you to spew hatred??
    Please continue to enjoy blogging and disregard the haters. Most people who read you understand and appreciate you both.

    • Thx! We’re not going *anywhere*…. Lol

      You’re so right, I’ll never understand why someone would take the time to read, let alone write a long involved rant/comment, for something they say they don’t believe in or like.

  2. Relationship skills, how to keep one’s relationship growing through relationship ups and downs and threats are Beautifully summarized by you. My wondering is that the one who wrote that comment is playing victim, expects you to rescue him from his victimhood, and is mad you’re not saving him from his unsatisfactory relationship life. Just my wondering.

    • Possibly, for sure. I kinda wondered if they were actually interested, but frustrated because they didn’t know how to get started, so gave up on it. Hopefully they can find things that make ’em happier. 🙂

  3. How weird. Why even read about it if its not your thing let alone leave such a negative comment. Methinks they protest too much. Lol. Maybe in their heart of hearts they secretly wish they had such a wonderful relationship. Bahaha.

  4. Well I shall mirror the earlier comments…

    If it’s not your cup of tea then don’t follow?? Don’t read??? I mean FFS I have stopped looking on my Facebook because I got sick to death of pictures of food, pictures of baby Timmy’s first poop (I’m a sucker for babies but don’t need to see 50 pictures a day!)

    I follow loads of people (well it feels that way to me) and I’m blessed to have a fair few followers myself, but I don’t read every single post they do and I’m sure my followers are the same! There’s probably some things I post that just from the first few lines they decide they don’t want to continue to read!

    And personally, what makes us all so special (apart from Trust)?? Communication…

    I wonder if the person who commented has a partner… I wonder if that partner knows what blogs they read…. I wonder if they have shared their deepest desires and thoughts.

    I might have to do a blog post on this myself…

    • No, different name. Confusing, to say the least, but at least food for thought on why so many are passionate (!) about writing about their particular experiences.

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