I knew what she meant. Starting at fifteen, we had both been having sex with men for forty-five years. After my marriage dating again in your 50s over I had a fling with an odd man the same age as me, which for some reason made me think it was fine not to use any protection. Stupid to risk it. I got myself tested for everything at a clinic afterwards.
One way that many people are making the most of their later years is by forging new romantic connections in their fifties and sixties. Over 50s dating can be just as fun, exciting and rewarding as it is in your twenties — with the bonus that it tends to come with much less drama. What are you waiting for? The truth is that when you are in your fifties this is the perfect time to take up a new activity. Some common hobbies adopted by older people include taking a cooking class, learning a new language or instrument, and joining a reading group.
Because living in a culture obsessed with youth is exhausting for everyone. Ageing is a privilege, not something to dread. Welcome to Life Begins At... I knew my 28-year marriage was over one night after a knock at the door.