Much is made by my friends that have returned to the dating game in mid-life of the half your age plus seven rule. Simply put anyone that is less than half your age plus seven is likely to have too little life experience in common with you and make a last relationship difficult. You can also reverse the rule and subtract seven from your age and then double it and someone older than that will have too little in common with you.
I am talking about long term (romantic) relationships here. Friendships and lust are totally different matters. Those are not designed for rules.
Much is made by these men; generally the women don’t seem to speak this line of thinking out loud; of how young a partner they can “realistically” pursue. Now, being just a bit nerdy, this got me thinking about how much competition that puts you up against. Let’s face it, why is an attractive 40 year old woman going to choose a 66 year old man over a 27 year old “toy-boy”? [See the table below for your available age range].
If you want to find the age of your youngest “acceptable” rival divide your age by four and add ten and a half. (Does the title make sense now?) In truth, most have found they end up with someone a few years different in age from themselves and the young at heart have stretched it too a decade.
Okay, this is just a bit of fun for the festive season, but if you find yourself back in the dating game at any age you might use this to open your eyes to more possibilities than you think. When we are looking for a life companion we look for someone near us on the journey of life; and I’m not sure 40 to 66 is good; whether it fits the rule of not.
DISCLAIMER: This guidance does not guarantee success (or failure) in a relationship. You’re responsible for that; and I’ll clean up my own mess.