I love midlife dating. Seriously. I’m more confident and have had more fun. My NGAF has increased, making everything a bit more relaxed. The stages of dating relationships definitely change as we get older, and I’ve also observed our problem-solving changes as well. In our 20s — and even as late as 50s for some singles — we have a whole research cycle we go through in attempts to solve emerging dating problems. By 60? Not so much.
I’ve created more handy charts to illustrate this point. Today’s Fun Friday dating graphics (just in time for weekend obsessing) show how our research cycle changes with age when faced with a common dating complaint.
That’s it. The joy of midlife dating. Have fun, keep an open mind, ask a direct question if you want to know something, move on if it’s not working. And while we all can benefit from working to change a negative behavior as part of self-improvement, changing who you are in an attempt to keep a dating relationship is never a good idea.
Photo credit: The backyard sunset featured image at the top of this post was taken by a long-term sweetie I met through online dating at 59. While our relationship has evolved, neither of us has changed one bit and he continues to be a cherished part of my life.
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