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But looking for love after 40 comes with its own unique joys and challenges. Portrait Of Loving Mature Couple In Back Yard Garden It's another to stay mired in it emotionally, says online dating consultant, Stacy Karyn. We've had it all: careers, marriage, kids, divorce. Now what? Are you ready to dive into dating over 40? How bad can it be, right?. If it's been a while and you've found yourself dating again at 40, here are seven ways to get yourself back in the game.
How we feel about ourselves? Or is it a combination of the two? It is certainly true that it is self-propagating: There is nothing more powerful than feeling desired, especially at an age when desire might well be considered to be a blessing rather than a right. It is, in a word, wonderful.
I am no beauty. But I do, I think, have a positive attitude to life.
I say yes to more things than I say no to. And I am beginning to see that more women need to recognise this. I want to say to the many despairing women I meet, 'Don't give up!
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I find most people interesting. Everyone has something interesting about them, so I genuinely enjoy meeting new people. I do also go out of my way to go to things. It's not possible to meet people — and I mean that generally, not just a future partner — unless you go places you usually don't. But it's more than that. In many ways, I feel more attractive, more vibrant now than I ever have done.
I can't explain what it is about; all I know is that my age has nothing to do with it. Sometimes, though, I feel like a lone voice, a woman advocating living life to the full at a time when many of the women around me are obviously feeling traumatised by what they believe is the loss of their looks.
This makes me feel very sad. In my mirror I see a woman who has had nearly half a century well lived. I feel fit, relatively lithe, able, agile. I feel I have a lot to offer: I am pushing myself in a way I didn't know I could, both physically and intellectually. In fact, I feel in many ways that a new life is starting for me, one that doesn't involve nappies and pushchairs, a life that is interesting, fun and full of other people.
I am doing things I want to do for me. I am learning to dance. I am letting myself enjoy life in a way I never thought possible. I am, in essence, on a one-woman crusade to show people that we are living in a world full of misconceptions about being an older woman. Who says older women aren't attractive? I have energy pouring out of me, coursing through me. I want to continue this well-lived life, not hide away.
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This, in turn, begs the question: In France they don't feel this way. Think of the women who are held up as beauty role models in France: There is something very English in the idea that it's classy to look countrified, scrubbed and healthy, wearing no make-up. It's important not to help time. There was definitely a shift, though, in my 50s. I really did think about how I dressed then — I wasn't so secure about how I came across and about whether I was sexy. But now I'm in my 60s I feel really good about myself, and that's probably rather attractive, isn't it?
I don't feel particularly old. I am open to new things. I will go to anything. The men I meet like fuller figures. This is a common complaint from women. But when a man rushes sex, women often feel objectified.
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In terms of attraction, when you connect deeply at this level, attraction can grow. So stop looking for super hot chemistry and butterflies when you first meet. Would you rather crash and burn or have a slow sizzle that bursts into hot flames over time? I get it; youth is attractive. And some older men want much younger women.
Maybe the sex is hot.
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But do all older men want younger women? Those men are out there. Women are tired of men who are still in love with or hateful towards their exes. They want men who take responsibility for their share in a failed relationship. Some women are insecure about their bodies and think men only want a certain body type. Some men like thin women, some like curvier figures. Someone will love you for who you are.
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Ladies, ditch your unrealistic lists. Do you share common values? Do you feel comfortable with one another? Do you light each other up?