As a strong, independent woman, I can confidently reiterate that women are a necessity in all heterosexual men's lives. The woman you're dating should enrich your life. In fact, she should make it so amazing, that you can't wait to marry her.
When you're meeting a prospective new partner, look at his life experience, not his birth certificate. You can tell a lot more about a person by watching how they live their life, than you can from counting candles on a birthday cake.
As you get older, the media is telling you what "women of a certain age" can or can't do. Bullsh*t. Dating a younger man will expose you to and in some cases, force you, to step outside your comfort zone. Treasure this.