You recognize dysfunction and mismatches faster now than you did when you were younger. But that doesn't mean you should be rigid and inflexible. Keep an open mind and try to expand your horizons. Chat with a guy who isn't your "type" and stretch your boundaries. And so what if he doesn't immediately strike you as hot and sexy? Now it might be comforting to find a partner who can relate to your experiences and your outlook, and has the same pop culture references you do.
It's also a good idea to ask your closest friends for regular feedback yes, ask them to give you input on your actions and choices , so you don't get stuck in your ways. Hey, you don't have to tell me it's tough being gay, single and over It's not like gay subculture has given us lots of happily dating, older gay male role models. With all the focus on marriage equality these days, it's easy for gay men to think that being single and happy is an oxymoron. There's more focus on getting into a committed relationship than there is on making sure it's the right one.
The truth is that sometimes when you want a relationship so badly, you draft the first reasonable candidate.
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Or you're miserable because there's no prospect on the horizon. Neither is a good option. Especially at this stage of life, why would you want a relationship that doesn't bring you happiness? I can think of something far worse than being single, gay and older. Being coupled, gay and unhappy.
Dave Singleton works for AARP Publications and has written two books and numerous columns on dating and relationships. You are leaving AARP. Please return to AARP. Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
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