It is important to create a world full of more than just your romantic relationships. If you do not invest in other areas of your life -- your work, friends, outside interests -- you will lose perspective. It can begin to feel as if you will have nothing if you do not stick with your partner.
Age appropriateness is a frequent consideration of potential dating partners. In most cases, people will claim to prefer a partner close to his/her age, but in practical applications this isn't always possible.
For some reason, I thought Tinder avoided your first-degree friends. Apparently, I thought wrong. Cue: Panic mode.
What do I want at this stage of my life? I am trying to figure that out... and I am not in a hurry. But I can share some rules for dating single or divorced women. I have a handle on them already.
As it turns out, there are lots of good guys out there, hiding in plain sight. Here's how to spot them.
All adult relationships have conditions attached. Whatever your expectations are of your partner (fidelity, honesty, transparency), there's usually trouble brewing when they're not met.
Expect saliva. Perhaps it's been awhile since you last laid your mouth upon someone's and went to bootytown. If so, welcome back. You might be surprised at how much fluid actually gets exchanged during your stay.
Before checking emails or answering phone calls, take the time to simply just be with your partner. Enjoy early morning hugs and kisses without thinking about all the stuff you have to do. Focus completely on the present moment of just being with them.
I think I genuinely lasted an entire week without logging on to any of the sites. But one night, I'd had a crappy day at work and couldn't sleep. I lay in bed, thoughts racing through my head. Just a little Tinder wouldn't hurt. My phone beckoned -- no implored -- me to pick it up and swipe. So I did.
There are certain rules in our dating culture that even though never formally stated, still somehow become ingrained within us all. To spare you the pain of making the same mistake that I recently did... added to this tacit list of romantic do's and don't's should be another decree. Thou shalt never meet a gym crush.
The more you spend time with your SO because you want to -- not because you're obligated to or have automatic plans every Friday night -- the more you're likely to appreciate them and stop viewing them as a sort of breathing ottoman.
Let's face it. As much as you may want a good guy in your life, finding him as a single woman dating in her 50s, 60s and 70s poses its own set of challenges; challenges that can seem daunting at times.
Often, I felt like a trapped animal. My partner was getting too close. It terrified me. And that's the way I'd acted in many of my previous relationships: Fight or flight.
I, for one, think being divorced can actually be a stamp of awesomeness to us men willing to look past the stigma. I think this experience actually means you're a cut above your never-been-married friends.
My willingness to let go of my dream of having a traditional "intact" family, and trusting that I had what it took to raise my son alone allowed me to move toward something positive as I created a real life and a real family with just the two of us.
Choose what you truly want and need in order to achieve the loving, caring, committed, passionate, fulfilling relationship that you truly desire -- and not just for the sake of making a point.