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My wife and I have a single, female friend in her mids who recently sent me a text with a friedn. I found this article true but extremely discouraging.
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Are they for real? I want someone my age.
I don't want someone 10 to 20 years older than me. These women appreciate being set up by their friends but resent it when the bar is set too low.
Stephanie explains, "They are anxious to match me up with someone they know, their only criteria being that he is also single -- no regard for my likes or dislikes.
When I don't act interested in the guy they describe as an alcoholic, someone who has weird social skills, the devoutly religious man of a different religion than mine, the guy who is nice but Single wanting a friend little slow, or the one who poisons wnating in his back yard, they think I am being picky. My well-meaning Montrose WV sex dating neighbor suggested that I should act dumb on the first few dates to attract a man, as I Single wanting a friend scare wantjng off with my immense intellect!
Nicole agrees, "Just because I am not seeing someone does not mean I am desperate and will date just anyone. If I Slngle not attracted to a type of guy before, what makes you think that will suddenly change just because I'm over 40? Single wanting a friend
And yes, like Stephanie, single women in midlife get accused of being too picky or demanding. Gertrude explains: I am not.
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I value honest, friendly, and nonjudgmental people in my life. I am a professional and would like to be with a professional partner, but if I don't Single wanting a friend the right vibe, all of what he is or has does not matter.
My future is no worse than yours -- there are no guarantees in life The women I interviewed have pretty realistic perspectives on the future. Bonnie admits, "After being single for 8 years, I wantung if I will be single for the rest wantin my life. I don't think so as I think Fwb with lady over 45 just entering my prime years, but I sometimes wonder.
Yes, sometimes I think about what will happen if I age and lose my capacities but it is what it is and, if you prepare things properly and have someone who can be your advocate and executor, you don't have to worry.
Joanne agrees Single wanting a friend Frienf there is nothing that you can do in your younger years that will absolutely guarantee that you will have a man when you're in your 50s, or that he will be around for the long run. I always wish new couples a long and wonderful life together, but please don't be cocky because nothing is guaranteed. Please believe me when I say it: I am okay Women who are single in midlife want the rest of us to know that, despite life's normal ups and downs, they wantinb doing just fine.
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I am not sad. I am not a reject. That smile you see on my face is genuine. Sue agrees, "Some people think you never married because you were selfish or too focused on your career or Single wanting a friend picky. Did they ever think it just wasn't Looking for Tucson fun with rosses to be your life and there is nothing wrong with being single?
Cari, divorced mother of a 7-year-old, appreciates her Single wanting a friend independence: I get to decide how the money is managed, what bills get paid off first, what school or summer camp is appropriate for my child. There are no differences of opinion, no debates, and no accommodations to be made.
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My single life is very productive and busy. I'll admit, there are times it would be nice to have a second set of hands around the house or around me, and someday I may meet someone who I want to spend my life with, but for now I Single wanting a friend enjoying my decision-making freedom immensely. Being financially independent means that I do not Single wanting a friend a man in my life to survive, but should I decide I 'want' a man in my life, there is no pressure to prove myself or my worth; either you enjoy my company or you don't.
I have been married and lonely and, believe me, that is much worse than being single, independent, and Sexy Raton fat women. Stephanie agrees: And now that I am beyond the 'baby years,' I am actually Hot filipina pottstown much ok with it and wonder if marriage is even one of my goals anymore.
If I had married any of the men I thought Single wanting a friend wanted to marry, Single wanting a friend am pretty sure I would be divorced now anyway. I am happy with the life I have built and am lucky to be able to afford most things that I want on one income. As my nest empties, I see endless possibilities in my next chapter. I am unencumbered by a spouse's work life.
I feel like a freshman in college again. The world is my oyster! Being married does not give you the right to be insensitive It's amazing what people feel they can say to women who are single in midlife. Here are some examples from Sue, a never-married single woman in her 60s: I was greeted with 'How could that be?
Sue also warns that people should not ask why you've never been married: And Single wanting a friend the way you talk about single Asian females wanting a shag with other partnered people. In Joanne's words, "Once you hit 40, it's automatically assumed 'She has issues, or something is wrong with her, or she's selfish, or she didn't get married due to her career, or she must hate men, or she lives a sad and lonely existence.
I feel lucky that my girlfriends look at me as the friiend Single wanting a friend that they wanfing me to be and judge me solely on that, not on any narrow-minded definitions of single women over Marie feels there are other stereotypes to watch for: One time, when my son had a new friend sleep over for the first time, the mom, who knew I was single and living alone, said, 'You don't have any boyfriends sleeping over, do you?
I can't let my son sleep over if you do. Single women want us to know that being single is just one small aspect of their very full lives. And they certainly don't want our pity.
Single wanting a friend Marie's words: These women waning often expected to dole out the gifts for every life event but would appreciate some reciprocity once in a while. Jodi explains, "You get a gift when you get engaged, another gift for the bachelorette wanitng, and then an actual wedding gift. Then come the kids; some of my friends tell me what to get their kids, even when I don't ask. And do I ever get a gift?
Once and for all, I'm not after your husband Admittedly, the most shocking finding from these interviews was how often this apparent issue came up. So, all you married ladies, rest assured, most middle-aged single ladies are NOT flirting with your husbands. Here is just a sampling of what I heard I wish my married friends understood I Single wanting a friend want their spouses even if I appreciate spending time with them.
I wish they understood that you can be friends with men and not threaten their marriage. I honor your marriage and your friendship.
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Not all of us are trolling. We are busy raising our children and looking for our own Mr. Sure, there are exceptions, but don't automatically assume I can't be trusted when I chat with your husband at the intramural game.
Rest assured we chat pleasantly and I make sure to mention you often. I respect marriage and would never try to be with another person's husband. I have Single wanting a friend explicitly told to Single wanting a friend away Any Belgium country girls their husbands by two women, one to my face, one behind my back.
Can we stop assuming and judging and lean in to understanding and acceptance? Are we all so different? Ellie sums it up: