Jackie, I am approaching 50, and just over one year separated from my husband. As I look forward and begin to think about the possibility of future relationships, I can see that dating over 50 might be difficult. It seems to me that lots of middle aged women get divorced and stay single. I may be generalizing but do you see the same thing? Men our ago want to meet someone younger. I would like to know your thoughts on the likelihood of 50 year old women finding a second life partner.
Five things I’ve learnt about dating in your 50s, by a man newly single after 28 years of marriage
Five things I've learnt about dating, by a 50+ widower
He has some great advice — from personal experience! My wife fought a two-and-a-half year war against cancer, but in the end it overwhelmed her. As a family, we were devastated. My choices were simple: sink into a deep, lengthy depression or start living again. I decided on the latter and that meant, at least in part, meeting women.
Dating at any age can be stressful and somewhat intimidating but it can be especially difficult to contemplate dating again after you have been married for a number of years. If you are divorced or widowed, give yourself adequate time to cope and grieve for your loss and trust that you will know when it is time to start meeting women and to start dating again. Start slow at first, look to meet new friends and then gradually you will begin to connect with men or women you find attractive over time. Some men come up with different strategies to meet women.
I slide my laptop over and pace. Force myself to stop. Then pace some more.