I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Hutch, the awesome blogger behind Be Awesome Instead. It’s hard not to love this girl and I think this post solidifies my bloggy crush on her (also, I have my own puma tendencies). Read and enjoy. And Hutch: thanks for sharing!
In my early stages of dating, aka young adulthood, older men were it for me. Most of the guys in Santa Barbara were 3-5 years older. At 19 I dated a 26 year old, who just happened to be a minor leaguer (I also had a thing for athletes, that has most definitely not changed). At Syracuse, the ages started to even out, with SU D (I dated 3 D’s, of the same name, they’re forever specified by location) only a year older. Then grad school came along and I got my first taste of the younger man. At 24, a 2 1/2 year age difference with UMass D seemed like quite the gap! Turned out it was, and I went back to the more mature (ha!) guys my own age or older.
Almost two years ago, I realized most of the older guys are single for a reason…baggage! The baggage that ends in heartbreak. After recovering for about a year, I’ve come to understand the benefits of dating, or even just hooking up with, a younger guy. Focusing on the 24 to 27ish range, here’s what I’ve found to be the Top 5 Reasons Younger Guys are Awesome:
1. They’re young so they can keep up
2. They tend to be more fun, active and still take care of themselves
3. Experienced enough so you don’t have to teach them, but not set in their ways either
4. Far less pressure on the commitment front
5. Waaaay less pressure to be popping out babies
At this point in my life, according to societal standards, I should be looking to settle down. Yeah, no. Sure if I meet Mr. Right and the timing is there, I’ll go for it. Until then, I’m just fine with Mr. Right Now. In my first official week as a Puma, I even landed a Cub. For the night and it’s purposes he was a great make-out buddy. Go back a couple years and I would have either been thinking about the future with this guy, or how to avoid ever seeing him again. Instead, all I have to think about is who’s next. The life of a Puma is great!
Now if I can just figure out how to move past the need to be in a committed relationship to get laid thing…