Today’s Featured Comment
I don’t like the term “cougar,” but I am madly in love with a man 13 years younger than me and he is a handsome Italian winemaker. Other people think about our age. We don’t. He dated lots beautiful younger model types, but a date or two, he said there was nothing to talk about.
Being in a relationship is about being compatible in energy, interests and lifestyle. He loves my business savvy, self confidence and life experience, and I love his zest for life and marvel at the stuff we get to do. My only child is grown and he doesn’t want to have kids. It’s perfect. We live part of the year in Italy and part of the year in the USA. It may not be a traditionally lifestyle but it works for us.
I think baby boomer women are just gearing up in their 50′s. They put their lives on hold to raise children, run households, develop careers and contribute to community. Now it’s our time to rediscover or dreams and talents that have been long forgotten.
Men on the other hand seem to be winding down, ready to golf or veg with the clicker in their hand. They seem exhausted by responsibilities and at this stage are looking to slow down.
This may be generalizing a bit, but let’s hope you are with a partner who is hitting the same stride. I just turned 50 and think it is just a number.
[This comment was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]
Have you dated a younger man? What’s your perspective?