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Dating in your mature years

Whatever your age or stage of life, dating can be tricky. You can feel nervous and this is heightened particularly if you feel that you have “baggage” or maybe you have been out of the dating pool for a while and it feels scary to get back in to it. No matter what your situation, the arrival of online dating and dating using apps has meant that people who may have struggled to meet new people previously can meet loads of new people at the click of a button or the swipe of a screen. Whilst online dating can be nerve wracking, it has widened the pool and so in theory it should reduce the pressure, because if it doesn’t go well, there’s another one just a swipe away.

I know several people who have tried over 60 dating and actually find it quite liberating. Their life experience helps as they know what they like and don’t like, and can in some ways make things feel a little easier. Being over 60 and doing Older Dating doesn’t mean that the people you might meet will be old and boring, far from it. In fact, dating in your mature years can be a great way of meeting new people who can introduce you to new hobbies and interests. You are never too old to try something new and finding someone with interests in common with yourself as well as being able to introduce you to new things can be part of the fun and the adventure.

What if you aren’t confident with technology though? What if you are not sure you could meet up with someone you have only met online? Well the great thing is, as well as online sites and apps, there are loads of great ways to meet new people. Here are some of the top ways to meet people, whatever your age:

  • Take a course or class – pick something you’ve always wanted to try or improve at, such as painting, learning a language or even dancing. It can be a great way to meet new people who have a common interest in that hobby or skill that you are interested in.
  • Take a holiday – there are loads of holiday companies who cater for singles or solo travellers, from cruising with a company who have cabins for solo travellers, and with a communal lounge and meet ups for dinner, through to companies specifically with a dating/singles approach, there are plenty of ways to combine dating and travelling, in the UK or abroad, if that’s something you are interested in.
  • Try a more traditional approach by using an introduction or dating agency, where the matching is done by a human. You could also ask your friends and family to introduce you to anyone who they might know who might be looking for a friend or more.

Don’t be ashamed or embarassed about being single, but if it’s something you want to change, then you need to do something about it, because Mr or Miss Right isn’t going to fall out the sky into your lap!

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