So serina and I had our three month re-evaluation and re-negotiation today.
We obviously get along well, our personalities and lifestyles mesh, she gets along well with my boy, we have common interests and we have common long term goals. So it's good. So it's time to take away the "under consideration" safety harness and start thinking and doing.
The first thing that was apparent as we discussed things is that she has learnt a lot in the last three months. She was much more able to dictate her needs and desires and limits this time than she was three months ago, which is excellent. She was better able to grasp what makes her feel useful and happy now than she was three months ago.
This process is showing me that I am doing absolutely the right thing by going so slowly with her. Several times in the last three months she has expressed a sudden realization that she was getting in deeper than she was expecting when she signed up. Not in a bad way, just in a realizing it for real sort of way. For example, things I have thought about but held off on doing because I did not want to overstep my bounds, regardless of what she said was okay, she has come back to today and has stated are at least soft, temporary limits. So that's excellent - not only is she realizing the reality of what she has sought, but she still wants it, and is willing to move carefully and deliberately with me towards it.
So anyway, yeah, that's good. We have begun another period together, which I am, for lack of better phrasing, calling the first training period. For the next six months, we'll be starting the very slow, very careful process of training her to eventually become my slave.
I'll spare you the boring details of everything we discussed.
One thing that is clear to me is that the coming six months is going to be a lot harder for me than for her. For her, not much has changed. We have affirmed some things, cleared some boundaries, but generally speaking I suspect that everything that is coming are things she wants and will respond well to receiving.
For me? I'm feeling a little cautious.
Because for me, I am a very friendly and lenient person. I have exceptionally high personal standards, but I don't expect people to live up to them. As we tighten our relationship, my standards and expectations for serina are going to get higher and higher.
This worries me because I am going to need to find the balance between "lenient, gentle, kind" and "challenge, stern, strict". Which I'm sure I can do, but it's going to be very hard for me. It's going to be hard to learn that I am allowed to begin holding her to higher standards. It's going to be hard to allow myself to expect more from her.
I don't know if I can articulate this very well. But the next six months is going to be a great challenge for me. One that I am looking forward to, but a challenge nonetheless.
Right now I am thinking back to the formal Leather dinner about a year ago. I told boy going in that I had high expectations of him, and he was afraid. But he did so well, and he made me so proud. Perhaps I am doing a disservice by not having higher standards. Perhaps it would be okay for me to extend my expectations.
I think the truth of the matter is that most people want to prove that they have what it takes, whatever 'it' may be. Most people want to be set challenges and not just defeat them, but move beyond them. Perhaps my leniency is not the blessing it first appears.
Instead, perhaps I should put myself in their shoes. I know, for myself, when I am set a challenge, when I am set an impossible task, it just makes me all the more determined to do it. High standards make me nervous, sure, but I also enjoy rising to the challenge. And I'm sure other people are like this too. Everyone wants to know that they earn the praise they are given. Everyone wants to feel that they have done their best and those closest to them are proud.
The next six months will be a challenge, finding the balance. But that's my own challenge, and one that I am determined to rise to accept and defeat. And if I can expect that of myself, wouldn't it only be fair to expect serina to do the same? Despite power exchanges, me and those I am in relationships with are equals. It's only fair to treat them as such, to give them the same credit and faith that I have in myself.
... the next six months sure is gonna be hard, though. Heh.