There are many different types of relationship, many different ways those relationships function, and many different forms the dynamic takes between two or more people.
At present, for these things are prone to change, I’m lucky enough to be in a relationship with a woman who shares my views on these things. We’ve both been in monogamous relationships in the past (which wasn’t a bad thing), but looking to the future we are currently in an open relationship, free to see other people, and believe that it is possible to have:
more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved… [polyamory]
I’m lucky enough to know some people already in such a relationship and as I discover more and more about being polyamorous, the happier and more content I seem to be. It’s not always easy, being completely honest and owning your emotions (all of them, even those icky ones that no-one likes) is harder than it sounds.
One way to make it easier is to put aside the theory and engage in this lifestyle choice, which is where I am just now. It doesn’t actually make it easier, of course, but at least my understanding of what it means to be in more than one romantic relationship now has a basis in reality.
It’s all still very new, and it’s surprising at times just how many things, simple things you hadn’t even considered, need to be thought about and discussed but, so far so good.
I’m now lucky enough to be in two relationships.