Or are the cultural similarities that occur between people of similar ages important enough to be deal-breakers?
Of course, if having children is in your plans and you’re a man, the age of your partner matters.
How does the age gap impact people in the real world?
My Aunty Maria has just turned 50, her husband is 66.
One of my most memorable experiences was dating a guy 20 years older when I was 21. Still, real-life couples rarely have a generation-long discrepancy between them.
He was amazing and so much more sophisticated than boys in my university group. Most often in married couples a man is older than a woman.
~ Mark Twain My kids make faces and say, "That's so gross!
" when I tell them that I was in college when my husband, their step-dad, was in middle school. The reality is that I am only five years (almost to the day) older than he is. They have really connected and enjoy spending time with each other. She asked me what I thought about their age difference.
There are absolutely no guarantees about when our time is up! I have never heard any of these husbands or wives say anything about wishing they had done things differently and married someone closer to their own age.
In fact, I have several friends in their 40s who are married to men in their 60s and life is grand!
(I can't think of any men I know who are in their 40s and married to women in their 60s, but I'm sure life is grand for them too! It seems like there is that period of time where the perception of an age gap gets smaller. The different between age 30 and age 45 isn't as big!
I truly believe that age is just a number and, as Mark Twain said, that age is an issue of mind over matter.
We then started talking about two practical matters surrounding their age difference.