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Dating and financial status.
Having recently entered the dating scene after the end of a long-term relationship, I'm finding it difficult to navigate this unfamiliar territory. I have a couple of questions.
First, as a 45 year old male, my salary is not even $1000 x my age and I am not a home owner. Many women in search of a mate, would consider my financial status on the lower end of the scale and therefore undesirable. Fact is, most of my male peers are much more financially better off than I; that's can be a blow to one's self-esteem. Will my status be a hinder to finding a mate, or will I have to significantly lower my standards?
Second, my goals are to eventually marry, transition into a new career, start (yes, start) a family, and obtain home ownership. Not necessarily in that strict order. Nonetheless, my desired career change will require additional education, thus limiting my available time and discretionary income. How can I manage that and a relationship at the same time? I'm not so sure too many women would thrilled with that.
Bottom line, is there anyone out there that has insight as to whether a lower financial status is an obstacle in finding a mate AND if it is probable to find/maintain a relationship while basically forfeiting income in order to advance myself professionally?