Picture it- you’re 90 years old and living in an active senior living community, you’re widowed but lead a very active and happy lifestyle. You meet a nice widower who lives in your community, you become friends, you become friends who hold hands, you become friends who kiss, you spend all your free time together, you meet his kids and grandkids, he meets your kids and grandkids. It’s lovely. You’re the happiest you’ve been in years and this friendship/companionship/whatever it is makes you feel 30 years younger. Then, one day, he comes over to your apartment and tells you he is in love with someone else and moving across town to her active senior living community.
THAT SHIT STILL HAPPENS AT 90! FOR REAL.
Seriously y’all. I spend a lot of time at my grandparent’s active senior living community and the dating dynamics there are almost identical to the dating dynamics of people my age. Single and dating seniors have DTRs and label their relationships as “it’s complicated”. What. The. Hell. I thought relationships would be loads easier at that age. At least, I thought everyone would approach them more maturely. Not so! My grandmother has literally played go-between for flirting guys and gals in order to set them up. People are using each other for sex and nothing more, which I have to admit, I’m a bit impressed by. But, I’m still absolutely shocked at the confusion, lust, and angst that go on in their relationships.
I’m shocked because it was my sincerest wish that dating would get easier when we got older because we would be more mature evolved human beings. Not so. Not so at all. Dating will always suck the life force from us and turn strong passionate women into tearful balls of confusion and centered mature men into lusty balls of indecision. Or vice verse. I’ve seen some of those precious older men have their hearts broken by wanton jezebels as well. My point is, people who tell you that dating is better when you’re older is a liar liar pants on fire. Do NOT believe them.