Dating for 10 years

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champagne and therefore spent way more time dancing to Blank Space and dipping cheese in ranch dressing and virtually no time talking to my soon-to-be boyfriend.

Just a week after my 23rd birthday we were invited skiing with our two friends who had just started dating, my friend broke her wrist, and Jordan and I spent a great deal of the day talking to one another.

At first people would ask me if our age difference was bothersome, if it was difficult and/or how it affected our relationship.

I would roll my eyes and scoff that it didn’t make difference other than that Jordan was more established in his life and career.

As someone who always feels misunderstood and misrepresented that last part was huge.

Luckily he doesn’t feel compelled to start a family or else our age gap could be a deal breaker.

I have a feeling that as I become more settled in my career, my finances and adulthood the age difference will matter less (once again).

It helps that I am “), but I’ve learned a few lessons that transcend my relationship and apply to anyone dating someone outside of the realm of “someone they could have known in high school” (that is plus or minus three years).

Common differences you’re likely to encounter when your Partner is five or more years older than you: While I’m debating whether or not I should pack lunch for work to save money instead of buying a sandwich at the grocery store deli, my boyfriend is eating out at “real” sit down restaurants each day.

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