But one thing I never did, was working ON those relationships.
They just happened.
And that was fine.
AND I saw them happily heading for other women and other relationships where I could immediately see, I was not gonna do all that,
I started thinking….
I found myself in kind of a post-doc trajectory on this journey which had been to become good at being single.
I was now PhD-ing on the next level of that.
Then how to start?
You ll also be totally okay if you don’t, and if the man or woman of your dreams chooses somebody else.
Your desire for a non-koala relationship may have entirely evaporated, and you can easily let him or her go.
In an altruistic, Christian way of knowing that they should follow their heart and wishing them well.
But in this case I mean, that you’ll actually think:
“Thank God, he or she did not choose me! Because I want a Baby Koala Relationship and that’s not what he or she is offering! Now at least I have a chance of getting that.”
And I may revisit it in the future.
But I think it is so important that I should not wait until it’s “done”.
Which also has to do with something that is not directly related to this, but in a broader sense I have decided as a writer or more accurately, as a blogger, to just run with letting THIS writing be my work and my art.
For this blog, my other blogs and my alter-ego will be just as important as well.
That the entire idea of writing or even composing books from existing material, is just so static. I ll make books made from my art, but the raw, day-to-day, fresh art comes first.
So we’re not waiting for the book or the book-format-y form of explaining the Baby Koala Relationship, and we’re just gonna fly right now, today, with what we do know.
– one baby koala (daily form)
/ adult playmate when having a date with the caregiver. The submissive.
– one caregiver (daily form)
/ charmer and strong lover when having a date with the koala. The dominant.
You can compare it to the top and the bottom in gay relationships, or the dominant and the submissive in S&M relationships. It’s an agreement between two consenting adults, on the basic dynamics of their relationship. It simplifies their lives and adds tremendous joy to being together because it eliminates or greatly reduces the amount of nessecary communication.
For whom the tuning in to the dynamics of the day (who’s the strong one today? who’s the selfish one? what needs correcting? what needs adding? what’s something to look out for?), is the glue that holds the relationship together.
It’s sturdy as hell.
It’s like two different parts that are a perfect fit, and screwed together with bolt and nut.
Whereas if you glue things together, and then take them apart, both parts could get damaged easily..
The everyday life of the Baby Koala and the Caregiver, revolves around the daily care of the Baby Koala.
The Baby Koala, perhaps unsurprisingly, blossoms when it feels loved, and there is clarity.
Life must be predictable, and you must ask the Baby Koala simple questions, the same way you do to a toddler.
You’re on a holiday with your Baby Koala, and the Baby Koala is typing furiously on their laptop. Or they are drawing or painting. You can see that they are deeply submerged in their art.
But it’s been over three hours since the Baby Koala ate, and you want to go on a city trip in the afternoon.
You now say:
“Do you want cheese on your omelet?”
These 7 (!) words, are all the communication you need to tell the Baby Koala:
– that you’re going to lunch
– and when you’re going to lunch
– that it’s time to wrap up
If after lunch your Baby Koala says they want to finish something, you can agree on that. Or, alternatively, you can offer to take the city trip by yourself and leave the Baby Koala with its creative endeavors in the afternoon.
Baby Koalas are not companions who join you for your pleasure, but they’ll gladly join if they’re free.
You must give them a choice though.
So the key to taking care of a baby koala is to offer choice, but do not ask open questions about the day to day things.
This sounds like easy communication but it illustrates a caregiver should not ask a baby koala things like:
– when are you finished with your art
– when do you want to have lunch
– do you even want to have lunch
– what do you want for lunch
“Do you want cheese on your omelet?”
And then the baby koala will answer,
“Yummy lunch! Yes! I am SO hungry!”
or “Yummy lunch! No, thank you no cheese. I m SO hungry!”
The baby koala is the most appreciative partner you could ever imagine.
The sex life of this couple is separated from normal life, although this does not have to mean that they plan it.
It is possible that the dynamics shift, during everyday life;
Where one changes the dynamics to mature, exciting, playful, as an open invitation to see if the other joins.
These messages are initiated by the caregiver, and are sent because she or he picks up on a vibe or feeling, a hunch, with regard to the baby koala.
Or because he or she is inspired to make a sexual suggestion.
The reality is this:
Sex is just an expression of the caregiver taking extremely good care of his or her baby koala.
But not for the reason you think.
What turns them on, what things would they like to try?
What did they see on the internet that gave a physical reaction?
And are comfortable acknowledging that they are ultimately both free beings.
non-exclusivity/ sex with other people
1. for the caregiver
Ha ha ha.
I mean, good riddance!
Constantly paying attention to what the baby koala needs in terms of food, sleep, and if it doesn’t get overstimulated, that really requires some downtime when you can be your adult self.
And there must be a protocol the baby koala should follow when the caregiver does not return at said time.
In terms of Whatsapp conversations and so on, with other partners or interests, it is very important not to bring those dynamics into the relationship with the baby koala.
They can have their other partners, but the daily attention must be with the baby koala.
So don’t expect the baby koala to have conversations with you, helping you articulate your feelings or such.
Be specific in your requests, and the baby koala will take care of you with the same love and devotion that you have been taking care of them..
2. for the baby koala
The dating life of the baby koala looks entirely different to that of the caregiver.
It can best be compared to the way children have play dates:
Anything can happen, and these dates are about growth as much as they are about pleasure.
The caregiver supports the baby koala in his or her path of growth, which requires flexibility and wisdom.
You could say that the growth for the caregiver is much more in supporting the baby koala with his or her sex life, than through experiencing their own.
Baby koalas are emotional melting pots where all kinds of expected and unexpected stuff can happen.
They may run home crying and need immediate support, or they could text you that they would like to stay a few extra days.
As predictable and reliable the caregiver needs to be in communicating his or her out-the-door sexuality;
That is how all over the place you can expect the sex life of the baby koala to be.
And again, emotional hygiene of the caregiver is what is going to save the day. Be clear. Do not project your own emotions on the baby koala, but think about what is healthy for him or her or be very clear on your boundaries.
For example: If the baby koala wants to stay on his or her date longer, but you are stressed out because you have been on call for your baby koala for 24 hours, you can tell or text the baby koala:
“I’m so happy you re having such a good time!
You can stay, but I will not be able to meet you then when you get home.
You can also make a new date with him or her next weekend.”
The Four Tendencies
There is a book and a system from Gretchen Rubin. It is called “The Four Tendencies”, and it divides into four groups. It’s about how you deal with expectations.
– the Upholder, responds to outer and inner expectations
– the Obliger, responds to outer expectations.
The Obliger needs to externalize inner expectations (accountability) in order to meet them
– the Questioner, responds to inner expectations.
The Questioner needs to internalize external expectations (ask why questions, collect data) in order to meet them
– the Rebel, responds to neither outer nor inner expectations
How to handle the baby koala is similar to how to handle a Rebel, by what Gretchen Rubin describes as the three C’s:
You communicate without judgement, double layers, but most of all without expectations
You give them the choice to stay away longer now or postpone to next weekend.
You tell him or her you won’t be home if they stay away longer now.
I think the caregiver of this relationship, would be an Obliger;
The baby koala gives the external accountability the Obliger needs, but will never take advantage of Obliger’s tendency to give too much.
It is much harder for an Obliger to not fall into the trap of giving too much, when he or she deals with Questioners and Upholders, than with a Rebel or a baby koala.
A Rebel or baby koala does not add onto the pile of expectations the Obliger feels from the outside world.
It can be very soothing for an Obliger to just have one person, one furry being, to focus on.
The positive complementary relationship between Obligers and Rebels is described in the book The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.
If you want to know if you are an Obliger, a Questioner, a Rebel or an Upholder, you can take the test here.
Or search for videos on YouTube about this model.
As I come to the end of this first blogpost about this relationshipmodel, I realize more than ever there is so much to be said about this relationship.
So many good stuff, about all the problems and traps it avoids!
And I could also write equally much about its limitations. About all the situations where this model is not going to work.
But when I started this, I knew it would and could only be broad strokes. Only be the first of something that would probably spark many more posts, and who knows will be a book one day.
But I think that this blogpost, will be enough for the ones who it is for. And they will have a place to start.
Suzanne L. Beenackers
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