How much does age really play into a relationship? Can a couple with 10+ years between them really have that much in common?
I've been in two serious relationships in my life, both of which were with someone no more than one year older than me. I know thirty years ago, it may have been more common to marry someone that was a significant number of years old than you, but what about today?
The other night, I encountered something that is very different for me. Where I'm from, there aren't many "eligible bachelor's," so when I was approached by a customer at the restaurant where I work, I was a little caught off guard. This guy is somewhat of a regular at Sam's, I had seen him before, but I didn't know any details about him, nor had we ever had a conversation. While grabbing drinks for one of my tables, the guy came over, introduced himself, shook my hand and gave me a note with his phone number on it.
To make a long story short...the next day when I spoke with him over the phone, I found out that he was not 25 or 26 like all of the other waitresses thought...He was 34 years old, a good 13 years older than me! Though he seemed really nice, and I was honored that he wanted to get to know me, the 13 year age difference got me thinking and turned me off a bit. I thought it over, and decided it was best not to get involved. It isn't that 34 is super old, it's just a lot older than me. I feel like someone in their mid-thirties is at a very different stage of their life, than someone that's fresh out of college, and has yet to experience it.
Thankfully, the situation was handled and no harm was done, but it got me thinking! What are the rules on dating someone that's more than just a few years older or younger than you? Is it accepted/looked down upon?
What do you think?