Age isn’t just about the time you’ve been on the planet, it’s about your attitude and approach to life.
With huge advances in technology creating all manner of age-defying treatments; better diets; dental care; and life expectancy, it’s entirely possible to stay looking, and feeling, young well into middle age.
Despite an age gap of more than a decade, Colleen Smith and her husband Damian cite many factors that make their marriage work, including her role as the oldest child in her family and their common interests.
But it was his dad potential that really won her over. The age difference has been good for us because I have a daughter from a previous relationship and Damian was more mature and able to navigate the delicacy of becoming a stepfather," she says.
"Because of where I am in my life and career—what some men would consider 'ahead'—we connected better than I did with men my age I had previously dated."When Cathy Shipp met her would-be husband Kevin, it was love at first sight, despite the fact that she is significantly older.
"We have a lot of fun with the older woman stereotype! "He's just plain great."Heather Gannoe may be 12 years younger than her husband Jeff, but she often feels like the responsible adult in the relationship.
"My fiance is 30 years older than me," says Tirzah Allen.
While she waits for people to pick their jaws up off the floor, she explains the benefits of marrying someone old enough to be her dad.
Their racing team even earned them a Couple of the Year award. "We both tend to prize intangibles like ideas, experiences and relationships over the pursuit of materialistic things like fancy cars or big houses," she says, adding they're both "total do-gooders." She explains, "Brian once said that one of his main goals in life is to be useful and that's something I feel strongly about too.""I love the fact that he's older and has a different perspective on things than I do," says Tammy Macias, of her husband, who's 19 years her senior.
She adds that all his life experience comes in handy for her as well.
Plus, his boyish personality helps me be more relaxed and better enjoy the funnier things in life.
I also tease him about being younger than my youngest sibling. " of the 14-year age gap between her and her husband, not in spite of it. When it comes to true love, two decades don't matter as much as you'd think, says Caitlin Constantine.
A fifth of a 20 year old’s age would be four years, for example, so they could date someone between 16 and 24 (four years older or younger).