Living the single life surviving dating

Tip: Sign In to save these choices and avoid repeating this across devices.You can always update your preferences in the Privacy Centre.New figures from the Office For National Statistics show that while the divorce rate continues to fall overall, the trend is not mirrored by the over-fifties.We are now the only group whose divorce rate is actually rising.Of course, having three children, aged nine, 13 and 16, does clip my wings a bit.And indeed, concern for them is another important factor in why I am not flinging myself at the first available man.

Many fiftysomething women’s desire for a different kind of life is also hindered by the need to look after ageing parents and/or demanding children. I don’t have to cook “his” dinner or do “his” washing. I can go on holiday when and where I want, I can eat the food I fancy and spend my money exactly as I please.

Being single in my fifties feels like I’ve finally got myself back.

There is such a joy to being able to do whatever you want without permission.

So, the question I asked myself before going ahead was not “do I fancy him?

”, but “do I fancy spending the next decade counting out his blood pressure tablets in the morning?

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