“I got divorced last year at 34, and the last time I’d been on a date before that was at age 24.
“I met all my dates through apps, which was totally weird and foreign, and my first date was with a very accomplished businessman who was a divorced father of two. I shook like a leaf the entire night and cried during my drive home.
“I met lots of great guys and the main theme I saw throughout, whether they were 42 or 23, was that they either treated dating super casually or took it way over the edge. The younger men seemed to take a thrill in that I was older and strung me along, then ‘ghosted‘ me on and off (oh yes, all these new terms!) One man who was my age wanted marriage the first week we dated, and another lied about who he was and became obsessed with me (don’t ever give out your personal info on an app!)
“I cut out the apps and met a wonderful man the old-fashioned way: at the local library with our kids. Ultimately, through the whole crazy experience, I learned I didn’t (and don’t) need a man to complete me and I discovered who I was outside of the roles of ‘wife’ and ‘mother’. It felt fantastic, and still does.” —Liza, 35