Giving up on dating and relationships

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But now I look at you, and I dreamed about Maggie, and I see that I’ve been wrong. I had some teachers that I still think of fondly and were amazing to me. It's like sitting in a boat and neither one has an oar to row the other to shore. If you really love someone, Allie, I think you have to take them back.” ― Jodi Picoult, “All I know is that I've wasted all these years looking for something, a sort of trophy I'd get only if I really, really did enough to deserve it. I know what love is, and I’ve lostmy fair share, too. You can meet your mirror image in life, but that doesn't mean you should marry him.” ― Shannon L. I, too, am not looking for a husband (although I’m not necessarily against marrying), but I most definitely would like a partner — uhh, with conditions.

“We’re perpetually fed a line that we’re looking for love in a market that doesn’t value us,” says Marina Adshade, an economics professor in Canada and author of . However, with the gray divorce boom, there are a lot more older people available than ever before.

That said, the dating market for older singles isn’t all that easy. There just aren’t that many available singles our age and the ones who are available are an interesting lot (read Anne Lamott’s funny take of her year on to understand).

“If that were true, they would be lowering their standards. In fact, she notes that older women are a lot more selective than older men and younger women are when it comes to picking a partner If anything, it’s more of a level playing field when it comes to midlife dating.

A few things became clear to the researchers early on — the women treasured their independence and craved companionship. In fact, many said they were not interesting in caretaking ever again — they’d been there and done that.

They desired companionship and a social life — and sex.

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