The good news is, anxiety about sex usually goes away after meeting someone you really trust. Falling madly in love at an older age is almost a feeling of disbelief, accompanied by immense gratitude and a sense of peace that this is where you truly belong.
It's amazing how the heart can bounce back like that.
At least that’s what a then-single cousin once told me.
Those weren’t her exact words, of course, but the gist of what she said was that our odd quirks and habits become more prominent as time passes, and our rough spots get rougher without enough close human friction to sand-smooth them down.
Another big difference in dating as a middle-aged person versus as a youngster is physical intimacy.
It isn't uncommon for men and women to initially have anxiety about sleeping with someone new after a divorce.
You want to change for yourself and if there are other benefits for doing so, so be it.
The older you get, the weirder your prospects for marriage become.
But don't make this (or any other list) your primary motivation for doing so.
Are those feelings really that different from the ones you experienced when your high school boyfriend Tommy Brown handed you a note in social studies that said you were the prettiest girl in eighth grade?
Jackie Pilossoph is a freelance columnist for Chicago Tribune Media Group.
(I just turned 38.) The men I meet—on websites and apps and in lines for coffee—are shaped by many more experiences and more settled in life than my youthful self ever imagined, and so am I.
During the years when I thought I’d marry in my 20s, I assumed I’d figure out a lot of life’s big questions in relationship to a husband and probably children.