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Offline grdellTopic starter

My treacherous imagination
« on: May 17, 2011, 11:00:12 PM »
I don't really want to tell this story, but I also feel that I must.

Sometimes I hate having a vivid imagination. Together with my enduring loneliness, it makes for a dangerous combination.

I recently met someone. And no, it's not like that. Not, in fact, like that at all. Just a friendly acquaintance - nothing more. He's very attractive. Nice body, great hands. I have a thing for hands. Extremely funny. But you don't need me to tell you all about what I see in somebody I can't have. He's married. Got a kid, even.

I have rules that I follow. Rules that I never, ever break. And rule number one is that I will never do anything to jeopardize another person's committed monogamous relationship. If they are happily in love with someone else, they are strictly off-limits to me. Period. No exceptions. This rule is hard, but I don't feel like I could live with myself if I ever came between people like that.

So back to this person. I've been encountering him socially off and on for a couple of months now. It's easy enough to just look and sigh, acknowledging that the possibility isn't even there. I don't break that rule. Not ever. He's off-limits, and I know it.

But then, the other day, he's showing signs of distress. I ask him if he's okay. He says that there are difficulties that he doesn't want to talk about at this time. I understand. We've all been there. I respect that. I tell him if he wants to talk, I'll be there.

Sunday, at a gathering, another mutual friend asks me if I know about his "situation." I don't recall the actual word that she used, but that one's good enough. I tell her that I'm aware that there is one, but that I have no details. I also tell her that if she has those details, I'd rather not hear them from her. If I'm to be in the know, I want it to come from him and no one else.

I can tell from his demeanor and from the timbre of conversation about him by those in the know that it's something to do with his home situation. Family trouble of some kind. So naturally, I suspect that he may not be so happy in his relationship for whatever reason.

So rule number one no longer applies.

And my damnable imagination goes wild. I have all sorts of vivid fantasies about his crying on my shoulder and coming to trust and confide in me. And, ultimately, to fall in love with me. And this does one hell of a number on my emotions. I could fall in love with my fantasy of him so easily, and that would only ruin - from my end! - our real life friendship. And all because of an imagination that won't let me be.

Now it is important that you realize that I know the difference between the fantasy and the reality here. I said that I could easily fall for my fantasy of him. But my emotions are not so well-differentiated as my intellect. You see, this has happened to me before. I have let myself go crazy in my fantasy life and it has ruined a real life relationship with someone.

I don't want this happening again.

But these last couple of days, I've had difficulty thinking of much else.

Damn this treacherous imagination.

Offline Snowdrop777

Re: My treacherous imagination
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 07:09:13 AM »
Do not fear, for you are not alone, I have gone through a similar experience, and infact have been going through that experience for the second time for the passed few months. I have unfortunately fallen deeply in love with the sweetest guy I have ever met, but it is not to be, it is never to be, like you I have rules that I must not break, for he is currently in a relationship with a girl from wales. All my friends tell me he likes me, that this long distance relationship won't last and he'll come for me with open arms as well as an open heart. But I currently have been forced to deny all these opinions because of my own vivid imagination too. I have had these wild imaginings that he'll dump her and he'll turn around and tell me that he loved me, he always loved me, but he was confused and scared, but I know it shall never happen. It's hard, really hard, but it's reality, and that's what matters, it's tough to have to stay strong in matters of attraction, but it's worth not ruining a friendship over it.

I hope that he situation you've been put in works out, I know what it is to have fantasy ruin a relationship too, although in my case it was actually for the best, but like I say I hope it all works out for you, and should you need to talk, I'm here to listen.

~Lucky SD