That is the epitome of a full life. They’re appreciative of your friendship. You will never hear him saying things like, “Give me some more space, 'cause I have to focus on my career right now”. My best friend is 30 years older than me and she got this tattoo today. Probably a little of both. Your older friend won’t think you're “boring” or “lame” for preferring to stay in and have one glass of wine, rather than go out on the weekend and get completely hammered. Many years ago, I fell in love with a lady 29 years older than me. We have the same sense of humor. To put it bluntly, sh*t gets hard, and a lot of Gen-Yers just don't have the maturity or emotional stability to handle the intensity of life's more difficult issues. An older friend can. 6. Having an older friend teaches you there are some things you shouldn’t be a tight ass about. She will introduce you to the importance of quality wine, food and fashion. This is because she's been through the exact same thing a few years earlier. And that our experiences have value. I can talk to her about anything, and our talks range from discussions on our bodily habits to deep and philosophical musings, like whether the pursuit of perfection is a learned or innate behavior. We both are givers and people pleasers. Sick of talking about Tinder, hookups and last week's party? Why is this so important? And you’ll be grateful for it. In the end, I gave up on my friends who wouldn't grow up, and have a whole bunch of other friends who appreciate us for who we are. Making friends with someone older has taught me to take life one day at a time and learn from her life experiences. 5. ... the older person gets even older. This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. My best friend for over 30 years, the love of my life, the woman of my dreams; after over 30 years of telling me that she loved me, and that we would always be at least, the best of friends, suddenly started hating me. The only problem is, there is almost an eight-year age difference between us, and people bring it … Be prepared to spend your entire life trying to get your "sh*t together." Chances are any hard situations you find yourself in, she’s either been through herself or knows how to deal with them. In our younger years, we are often frugal with money more out of necessity than choice. I made a friend 30 years older than me ... Luckily an older gentleman came my way and offered (on his own) to help me get down without me even hinting I needed the help. I think they act as father figures. A generation-gap friendship has been said to be one of the most essential friendships in a person's life. This new boyfriend is older than my wife, who is 46. An interrogational friendship doesn’t just benefit the younger of the pair. We've been in different states, and we've had completely different life paths. I’m lucky enough to have two really close friends. The perfect life we strive for or believe will come with time doesn’t actually exist. Lauren July 14th, 2014 at 2:27 PM . i really love her but i usually get scared she might leave me when people tell me to date someone younger than me. "I don't think anyone thought we were going to get together," she says, "but we were attracted to each other and had a lot to talk about.". Life isn’t all roses. As you get older, you begin to care less and less about what others think. Once we were down he noticed my son on my back and stuck around. The 16 Best Things About Dating an Older Guy; I want you to notice what you think about this. My best friend is a Filipino with kids as old as me. This was comforting, knowing there is still hope for me (and my … It even gets a few raised eyebrows. Yet I have 3 friends that are 30 years older than me. Just the other day during a text conversation he said "I didn't start traveling until I was 30." We've all heard the notion that choosing your friends carefully is important for your success and well being. I thought it was awesome enough to share. We've been dating for three years (and living a distance relationship on top of that). And in just the same way I have done with younger friends, he eases my angst with a pat on the back and a gentle reminder, "you have so much time." But several of those new media rockstars have become friends. This was comforting, knowing there is still hope for me (and my passport). Older friends provide a perspective or outlook you might not have considered. After they pick their jaw up off the floor when I tell them how old I am (because at 20, who can possibly comprehend life goes on after the clock strikes 30), they do a weird thing where a slight admiration sets in. Stability, a strong sense of self, and advancement in his career are things older men can potentially bring to the table more often than a man in his 20s or 30s can, says Sherman. A high-quality woman is a woman of value. Over the years, from fights and illness to triumphs and happiness, our friendship has endured it all. I want you to notice what your immediate assumptions are. It wasn't the age thingy - we didn't think you had any friends (Nope.) Until I met my best friend, I didn’t realize the truth in "old age is a state mind." I was sooo grateful. Long stretches of time to make mistakes, and fail, and fail again. Just the other day during a text conversation he said "I didn't start traveling until I was 30." "People often ask whether an older man is more mature than a younger one," Sherman adds. The older you are, the more you’ve seen and done. My other closest friendship is a intergenerational friendship. Except for the fact that being born in 1912 – the same year the Titanic went down – my father was old enough to be my … The troubles you think would pass with time (like anxiety, cliché high-school-type drama and childlike males) will be things you have to deal with well into your later years. Author of The Gravediggers of Champagne County and the new micro novel Between Two Islands. She serves as a much-needed reality check that certain hardships and annoyances follow us through our entire lives. Also called an age-gap friendship, an intergenerational friendship is when your friend is either significantly older or younger than yourself. My older best friend is strong, hilarious, smart, fun and generally pretty kick-ass. That is a year older than me. While he’s the oldest man I’ve ever dated, most of my exes have been between 15 and 20 years older than me. Simply put, we should all have the opportunity to feel young when we are old, and old when we are young. There’s just something I love about hearing an older… I'm sure many people can identify with that. Different perspectives on issues is a great recipe for intelligent conversation, and it can help you to really broaden your own thoughts and ideas about the world. Despite the gap, we have so much in common, and we always have a lot of fun. I met her at 20, she was 27. ©2021 Verizon Media. I have a best friend that is a year older than me and she says that I mean the world to her and that she cares about me deeply and i care about her a lot too. And while your younger friends may feel obliged to tell you what you want to hear, an older friend won’t sugarcoat the truth. An older man who's worthy of your time knows what he wants in a relationship. They are the first breath of freedom. He has more time to spend with you and focus on your mutual interests and desires. I lost my father 10 years ago. I met her, and she is actually very nice and in love with my son. And I've come to appreciate this diversity on a deep level, as each of their unique perspectives adds something meaningful to my life. But recently, after taking an inventory of my relationships, I realized for the first time, the ages of my friends are all over the map. But, she can also be a complete mess, just like me. Learn from her mistakes. Warning: Although wise, she will still be just as bad an influence in casual cocktail consumption and shopping trips. would you ever be friends with someone older than you 30 years? We're both addicted to good coffee and enjoy tanning on the beach. Russell confesses he hasn't dated since 1989 and Jess replies, "That was the year I … By Thomas Kuegler. The truth is, when we feel young, it's nice to have a conversation with someone younger, reminding us how far we've come. I'm in my mid-30's and one of my best friends is 9 years younger than me. I just crossed over last month into the third decade of my life, which means that within the last two years I've started to notice the lens through which the world sees me change. I really enjoy the young perspective they offer to my life and I suppose my advice might be something they value. First of all, older friends are a bit like grandparents; they let you do whatever your parents forbid. He is just a terrific guy and I think the world of him. Things are never awkward; we can talk about anything and everything, and even when we haven't spoken in ages, we just pick up right where we left off. I swore I wouldn't say how old, but lets just say ABBA was the soundtrack to his youth and Barbara Streisand was the JLaw of his time. And there are a few benefits to having a friend who is older and wiser than you. :] So far, so normal. I was born in 1977 and have two older siblings. But this shift is different because (hard swallow) I'm starting to be looked at as old. Because of his experience. older than me?, Relationships, 94 replies Unhealthy to only have one friend- My boyfriend is my best friend but is now my only friend?, Psychology, 5 replies Her advice (should be) sound advice because she has the real-life experience to draw on. I’m 27. As the saying goes, you’re only as young as you feel. My Best Friend Is 20 Years Older Than Me, Here's What I've Learned. Being able to watch someone's life unfold from the other side of 20, from a more stable and secure place, is refreshing. But in this part of the world, we are the same Chinese zodiac, and that counts for a lot. I mean I dont know what i would do without her. Her birthday was actually a couple of weeks before mine, she just didn't understand that I was born a couple of years before her. On the flip side of this (because what is life but a paradox), one of my dearest friends, who also happens to be a writer, is older than me. I grew up with two sisters who are 10 and 14 years older than me. I am happy to be the person with a little bit of experience under my belt for once. Long stretches of time to make mistakes, and fail, and fail again. My asian wife is 12 years younger than me, so I copped a lot of crap about my child bride, etc. At the end of the day, age is just a number. Being around a confident, fearless, female friend is empowering. Gen-Y lifestyle can mean “treating yourself” comes in the form of a $10 bottle of wine paired with microwave noodles. When I was a kid my good friend who was a couple years younger than me couldn't understand how I was older than her if her birthday was before mine. I don't know how this makes him feel, but I love hearing stories of eras I don't remember and places I've never been. She's my main friend I hang with. My best/closest friend is nearly 10 years older than me (yes, I know, you didn't think anyone was older than me ), and I don't see anything wrong with that. Anna Kudak, coauthor of "What Happy Women Do," says. One of my best friends is about 23 years older than me. Today, they've been together for 18 years, have two beautiful children, and in many ways have what would be … A man ten years older than you is settled in his career. Until I met my best friend, I didn’t realize the truth in "old age is a state mind.". Not only will she point out your problems, but she will help you fix them, too. That's like valuing a 30-year-old because he has the math aptitude of a middle schooler. If I had grown up in this town, we would have been in school together and likely best friends. There are just a few decades between us. Growing up, I always had older friends. My daughter wants me to meet this man, but I am too shocked and angry that a man of … All rights reserved. In an intergenerational friendship, there’s no judgment nor petty jealousy, either. As you develop as a person, it’s expected your priorities will change, too. I'm talking about decades worth of an age gap. overnight. My husband has a popular YouTube channel, and working within the realm of viral sensations you interact a lot with people who were playing at recess the first time they heard Taylor Swift. Like all friendships, it’s give and take. literally. We were born in the same year and we've been dating for the past 7 months and now she's turning 17 in the next 5 days. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. Awesome! But what if the age difference between you and them was just as significant as their personality? I felt this shift once before when I graduated from precocious teenager with audacious dreams to an average twenty-something with an average job. I have my oldest best friend and my older best friend. The first I have known since primary school. A friend of mine jokes that I accumulate older women with weekend homes the way other people do spare change. 2 You are important in his life. I am in the exact position as you so I will just tell you how it is for me right now. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, The essential guide to taking care of your mind and body. It’s about who you are as a person, not what year you were born. Finding true friends can be difficult. my girlfriend's birthday is on 8th May and mine is on 5th august. Older doesn’t equal old. She is also proof that even though it doesn't feel like it now, you will get through it and come out the other side. But, it recently came to my attention one of those friendships isn’t so conventional. Besides what can i get her for birthday? I kind of view him as my little brother in the fondest way, but with none of the power dynamics of a sibling relationship. Now pay attention. And as you hit your 2os, it becomes increasingly and indisputably obvious that when it comes to friendship, it’s quality over quantity. This can be a humbling experience, to say the least. Sooner or later, you’ll stop caring, and you’ll just enjoy the ride. And of ourselves. From my 40something perspective, a 50 something isn't terribly older than I am and I can say that men of all ages have been known to sing … Hey Kenneth, Well, these kind of relationships just happen! Like I was getting one over on life and its lessons. We tend to stick to our own age group when socializing, mingling and meeting new people, so it’s surprising for people when they find out my closest friend is almost 25 years older than me. We met at work and share a larger group of friends that ranges in age from 22 to late 30… And for no other reason than to be able to pat their back and say, "you are doing great and you have plenty of time.". I am 55. And in just the same way I have done with younger friends, he eases my angst with a pat on the back and a gentle reminder, "you have so much time." They make me feel old a lot, yes, but they also make me feel accomplished and grateful. Part of HuffPost Wellness. My curiosity can be endless, and his knowledge often matches it precisely. Women 23-32: Do You Prefer Much Older Men or Men just a few years older?, Relationships, 253 replies why do I attract older men 15-25yrs. The co-author of the book What Happy Women Do, Anna Kudak talk about bridging the generation gap and in addition to expanding the circle of friends, spending time with the elderly, strengthen your mental health. They have more experiences, I can rely on them for advice. But any number of my friends are more than half my age and are female. On the other hand, my best friend can get me into some more modern things that I may not be familiar with since I’m older. She help you to look better on the outside and the inside. Just by being around her, her self-confidence and sophistication will unconsciously rub off on you. Hi there. Here, a 25-year-old woman explains what it's really like dating an older man nearly 15 years her senior—and lays out the good and bad parts of dating older men. And when we feel old, it's nice to be reminded that we still have so far to go. She is a woman who knows her worth, and she won’t settle for anything less. 15. I have a girl friend that is about 10 years younger than me, I'm 27. The truth is, when we feel young, it's nice to have a conversation with someone younger, reminding us how far we've come. Maybe it was my maturity, or maybe it was that I liked feeling like I was ahead of the curve. He made small talk and I … It also doesn't help that she's female and I'm male. N Volden We are similar in our outlooks and views. Because it's only when we realize that time is on our side that we can make the most of it. I don’t actively seek them out (and I certainly don’t treat them like spare change), but I’m not immune to their charms. And that our experiences have value. We do a lot of stuff together. Emily, 40, and Albert, 62, first met through mutual friends when he was 44 and she was 22, and got married just a couple of years later. Our conversations are some of the most fascinating I have experienced. DON'T make your man feel older than he actually is (or date yourself). While I am thankful for friends within my own age group, there are also many benefits to having friends older than me by 10, 20, or even 30 years apart. It can get a bit annoying having a best friend who is younger than you are because they don’t have all the same benefits that you do at your age. As an incessant late bloomer, it can take me years to develop skills, have experiences, and learn concepts that some people seem to grasp early and without much effort. My boyfriend and I have been together for six months and are very much in love. During any given week we should feel old and young, all at once. 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