Being able to watch someone's life unfold from the other side of 20, from a more stable and secure place, is refreshing. I was sooo grateful. I thought it was awesome enough to share. And that our experiences have value. If I had grown up in this town, we would have been in school together and likely best friends. would you ever be friends with someone older than you 30 years? Besides what can i get her for birthday? 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. Why is this so important? 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 … He is just a terrific guy and I think the world of him. There’s just something I love about hearing an older… Growing up, I always had older friends. :] I'm sure many people can identify with that. Older friends provide a perspective or outlook you might not have considered. They are the first breath of freedom. My other closest friendship is a intergenerational friendship. And when we feel old, it's nice to be reminded that we still have so far to go. I’m 27. I'm in my mid-30's and one of my best friends is 9 years younger than me. 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. ©2021 Verizon Media. This can be a humbling experience, to say the least. That's like valuing a 30-year-old because he has the math aptitude of a middle schooler. The older you are, the more you’ve seen and done. 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. overnight. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, The essential guide to taking care of your mind and body. I want you to notice what your immediate assumptions are. Hi there. Finding true friends can be difficult. 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. 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. Long stretches of time to make mistakes, and fail, and fail again. She serves as a much-needed reality check that certain hardships and annoyances follow us through our entire lives. Maybe it was my maturity, or maybe it was that I liked feeling like I was ahead of the curve. 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. As you get older, you begin to care less and less about what others think. 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. ... the older person gets even older. 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.". 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. my girlfriend's birthday is on 8th May and mine is on 5th august. It’s about who you are as a person, not what year you were born. Her advice (should be) sound advice because she has the real-life experience to draw on. Simply put, we should all have the opportunity to feel young when we are old, and old when we are young. Because of his experience. Today, they've been together for 18 years, have two beautiful children, and in many ways have what would be … 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. But this shift is different because (hard swallow) I'm starting to be looked at as old. I grew up with two sisters who are 10 and 14 years older than me. You will never hear him saying things like, “Give me some more space, 'cause I have to focus on my career right now”. A high-quality woman is a woman of value. He has more time to spend with you and focus on your mutual interests and desires. Probably a little of both. 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. I want you to notice what you think about this. A man ten years older than you is settled in his career. My best friend is 30 years older than me and she got this tattoo today. An older man who's worthy of your time knows what he wants in a relationship. My best friend is a Filipino with kids as old as me. That is the epitome of a full life. Making friends with someone older has taught me to take life one day at a time and learn from her life experiences. Now pay attention. It wasn't the age thingy - we didn't think you had any friends N Volden 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. As you develop as a person, it’s expected your priorities will change, too. 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. I’m lucky enough to have two really close friends. Being around a confident, fearless, female friend is empowering. My daughter wants me to meet this man, but I am too shocked and angry that a man of … Once we were down he noticed my son on my back and stuck around. And as you hit your 2os, it becomes increasingly and indisputably obvious that when it comes to friendship, it’s quality over quantity. My Best Friend Is 20 Years Older Than Me, Here's What I've Learned. By Thomas Kuegler. 15. But any number of my friends are more than half my age and are female. They have more experiences, I can rely on them for advice. I'm not talking about friends that are one or two years older or younger. Author of The Gravediggers of Champagne County and the new micro novel Between Two Islands. Sooner or later, you’ll stop caring, and you’ll just enjoy the ride. 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. Over the years, from fights and illness to triumphs and happiness, our friendship has endured it all. 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. 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." Not only will she point out your problems, but she will help you fix them, too. We've all heard the notion that choosing your friends carefully is important for your success and well being. Lauren July 14th, 2014 at 2:27 PM . I met her at 20, she was 27. 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. Because it's only when we realize that time is on our side that we can make the most of it. A friend of mine jokes that I accumulate older women with weekend homes the way other people do spare change. 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. There are just a few decades between us. Hey Kenneth, Well, these kind of relationships just happen! 6. First of all, older friends are a bit like grandparents; they let you do whatever your parents forbid. Except for the fact that being born in 1912 – the same year the Titanic went down – my father was old enough to be my … While he’s the oldest man I’ve ever dated, most of my exes have been between 15 and 20 years older than me. 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. The truth is, when we feel young, it's nice to have a conversation with someone younger, reminding us how far we've come. 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. And when we feel old, it's nice to be reminded that we still have so far to go. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. The only problem is, there is almost an eight-year age difference between us, and people bring it … During any given week we should feel old and young, all at once. The perfect life we strive for or believe will come with time doesn’t actually exist. All rights reserved. And you’ll be grateful for it. As the saying goes, you’re only as young as you feel. 2 You are important in his life. At the end of the day, age is just a number. Our conversations are some of the most fascinating I have experienced. This new boyfriend is older than my wife, who is 46. I have a girl friend that is about 10 years younger than me, I'm 27. Like all friendships, it’s give and take. A generation-gap friendship has been said to be one of the most essential friendships in a person's life. We've been in different states, and we've had completely different life paths. That is a year older than me. But what if the age difference between you and them was just as significant as their personality? 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." 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. Until I met my best friend, I didn’t realize the truth in "old age is a state mind." Like I was getting one over on life and its lessons. This was comforting, knowing there is still hope for me (and my passport). I kind of view him as my little brother in the fondest way, but with none of the power dynamics of a sibling relationship. 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. (Nope.) Part of HuffPost Wellness. I met her, and she is actually very nice and in love with my son. I am happy to be the person with a little bit of experience under my belt for once. We have the same sense of humor. It also doesn't help that she's female and I'm male. They make me feel old a lot, yes, but they also make me feel accomplished and grateful. 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'm talking about decades worth of an age gap. An interrogational friendship doesn’t just benefit the younger of the pair. In an intergenerational friendship, there’s no judgment nor petty jealousy, either. But several of those new media rockstars have become friends. In our younger years, we are often frugal with money more out of necessity than choice. Until I met my best friend, I didn’t realize the truth in "old age is a state mind.". But, it recently came to my attention one of those friendships isn’t so conventional. So far, so normal. Russell confesses he hasn't dated since 1989 and Jess replies, "That was the year I … Also called an age-gap friendship, an intergenerational friendship is when your friend is either significantly older or younger than yourself. The truth is, when we feel young, it's nice to have a conversation with someone younger, reminding us how far we've come. Many years ago, I fell in love with a lady 29 years older than me. 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. He made small talk and I … 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. Long stretches of time to make mistakes, and fail, and fail again. Anna Kudak, coauthor of "What Happy Women Do," says. Learn from her mistakes. Warning: Although wise, she will still be just as bad an influence in casual cocktail consumption and shopping trips. 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. They’re appreciative of your friendship. We are similar in our outlooks and views. 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. My curiosity can be endless, and his knowledge often matches it precisely. I mean I dont know what i would do without her. 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