Earlier this week, the news about a possible divorce between Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore reactivated an old debate about older women dating younger men. They are not the only couple in that situation: Madonna and Guy Ritchie were ten years apart, Oscar winners Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins were twelve years apart… their relationships were in the focus of every media, and so were their divorces! Is it possible for such a couple to last? We are not intending an age difference of a year or two, but a real significant 10-15 years, as in this case. Anyway, some people believe that the man should always be older, and by “some people”, I actually mean “some women”. Why do they judge themselves so hard?
Older Women Dating Younger Men
Take this friend of mine, for instance. She’s a beautiful, smart, independent woman who loves her ex-boyfriend, but she still decided to break it off because of the age difference (she is in her late 30s and he is almost ten years younger). One night we had dinner together and she explained me how great the relationship was, and that they even had talked about if she were ever to fall pregnant by accident he would be there to support her… I know, I know, well, we all know that men tend to say more than they mean… but what I find hard to understand is that my friend really wants to have a child, and sadly, her clock is ticking…
I have another friend who got pregnant by accident in her late 30s, and even though the guy told her to get an abortion, she decided to carry on with the pregnancy as she thought it possibly was her last chance… So why not live in the present, and forget about all the preconceptions of life for once?
Alex was telling me how he got his heart broken only once. “Aren’t you lucky?!” I said to him. Honestly, I cannot remember how many times I have had my heart broken. Probably way too many times, but the thing is, I do not wish it, but the fact that I may have it broken a few more times won’t make me stop dating. I am not giving up on the idea that I might one day find that other half with whom I might spend the rest of my days!
I know that for me it is easy to say, because I have already been married, I have two wonderful kids, a boy and a girl, so being in my late 30s is not really a big deal and I am all for the older women dating younger guys… But what I can clearly see now, is the difficulties you bump into when trying to find someone to share your life with, even if it is just for a short time. I mean, let’s face it, it would be terrific if someone could tell you that the next person you are going to meet is Mr. or Mrs. Right, but the fact is you might get your heart broken a few times before that eventually happens.
But, is it really about the chronological age?
Therefore, if you have something as special with someone as my friend did, knowing how hard it can be to actually get to that point, why do you have to find every single excuse to end it? I don’t buy the excuse that it was because of all the older women dating younger men thing… So what if he is younger? The way I see it, age is not really a factor as to why people break up or have an affair. My ex husband is 11 years older than me, and although it did not matter for the first 10 years together, today I feel like he is a 100 years old. Some people unfortunately really age badly, not that it does matter really if there’s true love. But not only he seems so old school now, but then again, I do not think I have grown up that much really… We jut grew apart, and there was 100 more reasons besides the age thing to make us go our own separate ways.
Conclusion: why older women dating younger men is OK
Lately, I have only been dating young guys so I’m perfectly fine with older women dating younger men obviously. I choose to live in the present, and try not to think too much about what is going to happen in the future. I could be hit by a bus tomorrow, right?
I think dating a younger guy connects you with your fun part, the part that really wants to seize the day and enjoy life. So my advice for all those older women dating younger men would be: stop judging yourself, just live and enjoy life! It is the only chance you have, no matter if you’ll live to be 100 years old!
How about you? Would you like to be involved in a relationship of this kind? Do you believe men should always be older? Why / why not?
Older women dating younger men, go for it!