Ever since I started dating Alan, twenty years my junior, I have changed. My taste in fashion has gone from flashy to simple. My ex-husband, Mark wouldn’t recognize me. I changed my friends too. I got tired of listening to them go on and on about their husbands and their paramours. Instead of putting up with it, why not divorce them, I always asked and the answer was always the same. Divorce was out of the question because it would mean giving up their comfortable lifestyles.
Yes, meeting Alan was the best thing that has ever happened to me. We met, believe it or not, at a jiu-jitsu class. Why jiu-jitsu? Well, it teaches me to love my body for what it can do rather than for what it looks like. Taking these classes have erased all my negative body image hang-ups by showing me all the awesome things my forty-something body can do.
Alan and I hit it off immediately and I was thrilled when he asked for my number. The next evening, we went for dinner.
Today, we are cycling. He’s a bit ahead of me but that’s okay. I’m keeping up. And I feel great!