Constant reminders of the age difference can be entertaining, but they can pass easily into the realm of creepy. With the younger boyfriend, I had to contend with his buddies who yammered on about college and getting waaasted on frat-boy beverages like Jagermeister. While there are plenty of happy couples with decades between them (like Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, and their sweet, young second spouses), there are plenty more who never bridge that gap (Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer, to name but one).

Sometimes, I felt like the old one." I hear ya', sister. When he got caught, he had his bank account seized and wages garnished. "Being older meant I could suss out the difference between artistic notions and, well, laziness." 6.

Think of 10 years as a general guideline, but be open to other ages, as well—and don’t limit yourself to dating only someone older.

Although both ended rather badly, I feel like that while the gaping age difference didn't directly cause either relationship's demise, it certainly didn't help. Prepare yourself to feel like an alien upon meeting their friends and family.

Everything in our culture makes people, and women in particular, feel that after the age of 40, they're no longer sexually attractive, and this belief gets internalized.

But researcher Gina Ogden, in conducting her famed Isis study (a national survey of sexuality and spirituality), found that women in their 60s and 70s were having the best sex of their lives -- people need to understand that the brain is the most important sex organ in the body!

His career and financial situations were a far cry from mine, and the idea of things getting serious felt rushed and scary to me.

He was closer to 40 than I was to 30, and I felt like he’d inevitably want marriage and children much sooner than I would.I continued to find myself smitten, gushing to my mom about him, telling her that 13 years wasn’t that big of an age difference because we got along so well and it just didn’t matter.We continued to date until, eventually, our lifestyles proved drastically different.Note to men whose wives are way younger: LBL suspects she already knows what you are going to say.So you can save your energy for other, more fun, activities.Life in the Boomer Lane has written numerous brilliant, profound, and downright side-splitting posts.