Maturing in Our Relationships As We Age:(The Bird Will Soon Learn)
“Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision.” ― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
Nothing in her argument has altered my inference that many women in her age cohort are more than likely to end up in a ‘situationship.’ She states that;
“Mi no want no young boy fi work out mi soul case. An no old man fi go dead pon mi. Dr. Semaj concluded that my desire for an ‘ageable’ man was a sexual fantasy that wasn’t likely to be fulfilled.”
Well Carolyn, I not saying that you can’t defy the odds but the most common first choice of a M2 (man 35 to 50 years) is a W1 (woman <30 Years). His second choice a W2 (woman 30 to 45 years). His third choice would be a W3 (woman >45 years), if she comes with money, house, car and contacts that she is willing to share with him. The paradox even as you express it is that he Mr. M2 (35 to 50 years) is the first choice for women 50 and over. This my friend is what will increase the likelihood of a series of ‘sexual situationships’ but is very unlikely to result in a lasting bona fide relationship. Vere as much as you want out of your lane, but understand that “you can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences or ignoring reality” (Helen Keller)
I mean no harm when I use the word ‘old’. It is not fashionable now a days to be old, but certain qualities (like good wine) are largely dependent on the knowledge and wisdom that can only be acquired over time and with experience. Not all old men are going to “dead pon yu”. I am a proud old man (Over 60). I walk daily 5Ks, monthly 10Ks and twice annual Half Marathons. I win my age group in most 5K events that I enter. I eat healthy, visit my dentist twice per year, am more than literate and gainfully self-employed. We all have choices. I chose to SAGE rather than AGE.
In this relationship conundrum, I am primarily speaking to men and women (like me) who are age 50 and over. We have the most to lose in the current dispensation, when we don’t ‘stay in our lane’. We set ourselves up for exploitation when we try to build intimate relationships with a persons who sees us as their third choice. We can do better. Not trying to box you in my friend, just sharing my observations. Care to place a bet?
Loving someone who does not love you in the same way is like waiting for a ship at the airport. (Anon)
A suh mi see it. What say you?