Dating in later life, whether you’re going the conventional route or are trying online dating services, might seem complicated. But the truth is, it isn’t, really. When you’re first starting out, keeping a few things in mind can have you better prepared and can even open you up to the new possibilities that may be presenting themselves to you. Check them out below.
Your matches may have been married before.
You are who you are because of everything you’ve seen, done, and been through in the past and that could well mean marriage. Don’t let your past relationships, or theirs — however they turned out — put you off to starting fresh with someone new.
Your date might have lost a partner.
It can be hard to navigate a new relationship, but time can, if nothing else, make us patient. We know that life’s losses can make us stronger and even more willing to grasp life, which could be a good thing for a budding relationship.
Your date might have children from other relationships.
It can be difficult knowing how to introduce a new partner to our children or loved ones when we’ve been divorced or widowed. Don’t let your former life interrupt your new one — the decision to move on and date again should be yours and yours alone. Hopefully your children — and theirs — will be supportive of the fact that you’re happy again in a new relationship.
Your combined experience will mean you’ll both have some stories.
You’ve lived before, done some amazing things, and learned a whole lot of lessons along the way. So has your new love interest, so there will be plenty to share and plenty to find out. Just remember to be open and enjoy every minute!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Yours.