"Where did you two meet, Amber Alert?
-Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock
Today's thought is about dating. More specifically, the importance of age and dating.
I personally don't think age is that big of a deal. If two people get along and like being with each other, who cares if one is 12 years older than the other? Of course, there are a few exceptions. For example, if a 30 year old guy is dating an 18 year old girl. A girl who is technically not a "juvie," but basically still is. That's kind of messed up to me.
Men dating younger women has always been normal. No one really thinks much about it (well, unless it's an Anna Nicole Smith type marriage). When a woman dates a younger man, however, it's headline news. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. The media was all over these two couples when they first got together, and it seemed as though everyone was talking about their age differences.
So, the real question is, when a woman dates a younger man, is it really all that interesting? I mean, there's a new TV show on ABC called "Cougars" for crying out loud. And it's a popular show. But, seriously, what's the big deal?
Looking back on my own dating experiences, the majority of the guys I dated were always older than me. Most were a few years older. Some, a few months older. My husband is 3 months, 2 days older than me. And, as far as older guys goes, he's the youngest older guy I ever dated. :)
I did go out on a few dates with a guy almost a year younger than me. If I'm really honest with myself, I have to admit that the age difference did bug me. I'm not really sure why it bugged me. After all, my grandma is older than my grandpa. My mom is older than my dad. My sister is older than her husband. Maybe it bothered me because this guy was kind of a loser and I'm not sure why I even gave him the light of day. Not to say I'm this perfect person, but this guy really didn't have much to offer me. He didn't challenge me intellectually or had the same drive that I did. I guess that's why things didn't work out.
What do you all think about age and dating? Is it a big deal to you? Thoughts?