Older women marrying younger men is becoming more and more prevalent nowadays. Still when one hears of a union between a couple where the woman is more than 5 years older than the man, eyebrows are raised. Whether or not that matters to you, it is important to weigh the decision carefully before marrying a younger man. Here are 7 things to consider.
1. The Society Factor
No matter how progressive society is becoming towards different marital trends, there will always be a group that disapproves. There will be doubts about the groom’s intentions and the bride’s sensibilities. If you are the kind of person that values society’s acceptance, it is important to consider this factor carefully before embarking on any long term decisions.
2. The Maturity Factor
It is a proven fact that men mature later than women so when a woman is younger than the man, it usually works out well as both individuals are on the same maturity level. On the other hand if the woman is older, there is a chance that the husband is not yet at her level of maturity. Only you can decide if this is the case.
3. The Compatibility Factor
Compatibility and age to a large extent go hand in hand. People of similar ages have similar interests. For example a 28-year man may have an interest in adventure sports, which a 35-year-old woman may no longer care for. If you are in a relationship with a younger man, review how many things you both like doing together.
4. The Friends Factor
In most cases, our friends are people of similar age groups and lifestyles. When you are involved with a younger man, you will have to spend time with his younger friends and not all of them may be as easy to get along with as your lover.
5. The Income Factor
As the older member of the relationship you would probably be more settled financially and in your career than your counterpart. As a result, your income could potentially be higher. This may or may not be a issue for some couples but weigh in this factor before making any big decisions.
6. The Children Factor
An older woman may be at a different stage in her life with respect to children. She will naturally want to have children very quickly for biological reasons whereas a younger man may have no such interest. A woman who already has children may have no interest in having any more whereas her younger boyfriend who doesn’t have any kids may have different plans.
7. The Ultimate Commitment
Ultimately marriage is one of the greatest commitments you can make so before you marry anyone you have to consider if this is something you really want. You have to examine if the person you are marrying is someone you truly love, and someone you can spend your life with. At the end of the day, only you can decide of all the other issues can be managed.
Marrying a younger man is a brave and bold step but one that should not be taken hastily. Review all the hurdles that might come your way and if you feel your love is strong enough to withstand it, go for it!
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