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5 Things I Learned From Dating Older Women

5 Things I Learned From Dating Older Women

5 Things I Learned From Dating Older Women
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It’s been nearly two years now, and I’m still in a very happy, healthy relationship with my 30 year old girlfriend, who is five years my senior. Before I was with her, my previous girlfriend was 3.5 years older than me. I’ve non-seriously dated other women who have also happened to be older than me.

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It’s never been a conscious decision on my part, but it’s always proved to be an illuminating experience. Obviously in the relationship sense, but also in that I’ve learned a lot about myself.

1. I’m a woman—and I should refer to myself as one.

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No more calling myself or the women I date "girls."

2. There is more confidence within me than I had realized.

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A sentiment that’s easier to realize when you're with someone who’s older and more comfortable with themselves.

3. I can be happy living within a routine and set schedule.

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Something I had always seen with a bit of contention has proven to be a really great way to live my life, and I’ve seen that I can be happy this way.

4. Procrastinating isn’t attractive—especially if it’s something you do with chores.

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I’ve learned that my immature habits like not making my bed, washing my dishes after I eat or leaving my laundry for days makes me look really bad (and young) to my love interests.

5. I can (and should) think bigger when it comes to my life journey.

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Dating older women has made me realize that I can travel to exotic places, make big financial decisions and start passion projects, and not just dream about doing it.

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Briana Gonzalez

<p>A proud, queer, Latina, identical twin with a penchant for brash humans and things that make me cough laugh.</p>

<p>A proud, queer, Latina, identical twin with a penchant for brash humans and things that make me cough laugh.</p>