Single and divorced dating
In my twenties it was all high drama, getting my heart broken and dating rotters.
During my thirties, my biological clock meant I needed a partner if I wanted children.
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It is not a term that I – nor, I suspect, anyone else not coupled-up in their fifties – is that keen on.
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We are now the only group whose divorce rate is actually rising.
After divorce number two, my eldest made me promise “no more step-dads”. Or maybe our patience for bad or boring behaviour is lessened by the ebbing of a biological need or ability to reproduce.
Many fiftysomething women’s desire for a different kind of life is also hindered by the need to look after ageing parents and/or demanding children. I don’t have to cook “his” dinner or do “his” washing. I can go on holiday when and where I want, I can eat the food I fancy and spend my money exactly as I please.
Of course, having three children, aged nine, 13 and 16, does clip my wings a bit.
It makes us sound like we spend our evenings forlornly signalling to each other across a creaky old dance floor by waving our Zimmer frames, while our hearing aids whistle shrilly. I know fiftysomething women who are running marathons, starting businesses …
I even met one recently who had just won her class in an Iron Man contest (basically a triathlon on steroids) for age 64-69.Jump back in the driver’s seat and prepare to take control over the direction of your life and relationships –the place is here, the time is now!