Age is No Barrier to Dating Savvy
Let's face it: we youngsters tend to believe that we've got this game called life all figured out. We know where we've been and where we're going; and if an older person offers us a few relationship pointers, we typically dismiss it all as dodgy advice coming from someone who's simply out of touch with the way the world "really works".
We might do ourselves a favor and pause for a moment to ponder how such a person might have managed to navigate life's bewildering twists and turns in the first place. Should we be so brazen as to disregard the experiences of an older man or woman who's seen so much more of both the joys and disappointments that come along with love and commitment?
Many resingled seniors face the dual challenge of trying to ease their loneliness while still honoring the person whom they loved and lost. In a New York Times article entitled "Apparently, I'm dating my father...", Amy Cohen often humorously recounts the dating ups and downs that her 76-year-old father encounters when he finds himself a perceived "ideal catch" in the eyes of numerous elderly women who've been bereaved in the same way that he was.
When Amy occasionally asks his opinion of some of the women he's dating, his invariable answer is this: "She's no mom". This sums up the differences between father's and daughter's perspectives. Amy's dad is ready to find love again. He believes it's possible, as the frequent encouragement that he offers her (at 35, she's still smarting from her last failed relationship) proves. But he possesses something else that she lacks, aside from faith in second chances: a vision of what he really wants in a partner. Amy's recent dates have taught her a lot about what she doesn't want in a man. But she apparently still has a ways to go before she can hope to define her ideal.
It must take a lot of courage for newly singled baby boomers to jump back into the pursuit of intimacy so late in life. Then again, perhaps such people feel that they have little to lose now that career and family-rearing concerns have become part of the past. The tenacity that they demonstrate by moving so far along life's path while still keeping their zest for romance alive should provide inspiration for us all.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Jul 20, 2007 11:19 am
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