4. You'll have tons of fun. I enjoy trying out unusual things with new people, so dating after 50 is fun. Dates don't know your idiosyncrasies, so they may be amused by some of your habits or preferences.
When Hal, a man that I felt was too old for me, offered to give me a wheelbarrow ride because I told him how fun my first ride was, I changed my opinion about him. I'd not gone fishing in years, but had fun doing it with Richard. I needed extra help relearning the sport and he was more than happy to show me the ropes.
5. Both parties are mature, so there are lowered expectations and less stress. Many of us have less of a need or wish to meet the expectations of others as we grow and mature.
On our first date, Peter and I went to the arboretum, and sat near a heron on a pond. When the bird started walking, I followed a few feet behind, and was exhilarated to follow the bird halfway around the pond before it flew off. Peter captured the moment on camera, which made it even more special.
With Simon, it was a ride in his convertible and a salmon lunch he prepared on our first date that piqued my interest. We exchanged warm, connecting emails the next few days, but it was over before it even began.
Our first date was our only date because he got frustrated with my interest in discussing philosophical topics, such as an article I emailed on boundaries. I saw no point in taking it further when we had nothing in common.
When Matthew and I gave each other foot rubs on our third date, I was delighted to observe the look of pleasure on his face. Choosing to go with the flow instead of having preconceived expectations is a great way to deal with life.
6. You'll be used to the numbers game. Since you've had experience, you won't be as upset about playing the numbers game. On paid dating sites like Match.com and free sites including Plenty of Fish and OKCupid, I got more responses at 40 than I do as a senior.