While you figure out the math, let me be clear that I’ve met several other women in their early- to mid-20s who also prefer to date from a much older pool for various reasons.

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I get the impression that people outside my inner circle wonder if I’m lying and that maybe he picked me up at a hotel bar or something cliché like that.

Other inquire whether I was purposely seeking an older man when I met him.

If your family is fairly protective, especially your dad, it can be a pretty nerve-racking conversation.

What helped me most was talking about how wonderful he is leading up to their meet and asking my older sister to talk to them too.

He just didn’t get that and wanted to be around every second.

I don’t necessarily think that he wanted to hang exclusively with me all the time, but I think he felt insecure that I’d meet other guys when I went out with friends.

One thing I’m incredibly grateful for is not having to deal with jealousy in my current relationship.

Sure, it occasionally happens, but my boyfriend understands that being in a codependent relationship leads to all sorts of trouble and that spending time apart sometimes is key.

To be clear, my boyfriend isn’t rich, but he’s picked up one important habit over the years: investing.

I have to admit it’s comforting to be in a serious relationship with someone who’s somewhat financially responsible (read: less impulsive).

Persistence also takes confidence—my boyfriend extended three invitations before I finally agreed to get coffee with him.