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I'm dating again at 45 – and I just love it!
My situation is fairly typical. After juggling two children and a demanding job, my first marriage ended in divorce. I had given it some hard thinking, but my relationship with my husband, which began when we were both in college, really couldn't make it for the long haul.
So I opted out. About a year later, I encountered a friendly, good-looking neighbor, who had just recently become single. Howard became my second husband and the love of my life. That made it all the more crushing when he died of a brain tumor two years into our marriage. Thus began a long period of mourning, in which I helped usher my two daughters into adulthood, and devoted more attention to my career.
But I was awfully lonely. It didn't help that I went straight home from work every night and stayed in on weekends.
My friends would gently nudge me: Oddly, I'm a very social person. Why was I cutting myself off from the world? My reasoning was this: If I don't do anything, don't "get out there," nothing bad will happen.
As in no disappointment, no heartbreak. There's one problem with this line of thinking. Yes, if you don't do anything, nothing bad happens. However, nothing good happens, either. So, seven years after my husband's death, I took the plunge. I signed up for online dating and even went to a speed dating session at a local bar. I approached online dating very seriously, enlisting help from close friends for my profile.
It needed a dash of wit, a sprinkling of sass and an attractive photo. But not too much wit, and not too much sass. As for the photo: There's no such thing as too attractive. After everything posted, I got a flood of responses from men. Not because I'm an exceptional catch, but because those who've been on the sites for a while tend to pounce on a new candidate. There were men who lived in other states and countries.
I can't afford to see you. And Skype relationships are pretty two-dimensional. Men who mentioned sexual details in their profiles. Yes, we get that sex is important, even in middle age. But this is just too much information! Men who were grammatically challenged. Either I'm not worth a coherent sentence or you are unable to compose one. My first online date was at a nearby bar. When I first started dating I was looking for someone who was similar to my late wife both in looks and interests.
Once I did, the dates went better and it was easier to open my heart to those who were very different. A re there any differences between widowed men and women when looking to get back into dating? They view the loss of their spouse as a problem that needs to be fixed and see dating and relationships as the best way to mend their broken hearts. Most get their lives and hearts in order before testing the dating waters.
They tend to experience similar issues and emotions and make the same mistakes. I was widowed in my 20s and I see widowers in their 30s, 40s, 50s and older making the same mistakes I did. That is, we just start dating because we want companionship, not a relationship.
Dating again after 45
H ow common is it to get feelings of guilt or second thoughts when going on a first date? I went on my first date about four months after my late wife died. We went out to lunch and the entire time I felt like I was cheating on her. Those thoughts and feelings were less on the second date and almost gone by the third time I went out.
After a couple of months of dating they went away entirely. E veryone grieves differently, but is there a time frame for grief? People will grieve as long as they want to or have a reason to. Most stop once they have a reason to stop. For others they want to experience life again and realise that grief is holding them back from doing that. I enjoyed my first marriage and wanted something just as wonderful again.
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