Age itself isn't a factor in compatibility — it's elements like maturity and life experience, which tend to correlate with age, that can make or break a relationship's long-term potential.
But so can future goals, background, culture, family, career, personality, and sexual chemistry.
Ask anyone, and they are likely to follow the traditional path, which is, that the guy must be about 3 or 4 years older.
However, there are cases that show that this adage may not always prove true.
With each woman I dated, things ended as quickly as they began.
While this phenomenon is accepted widely, it is also proven to be successful, as the couple is known to grow up together, grow old together, face similar situations and challenges at similar points of time in their life together, make for a compatible husband-wife duo and follow, in a way, the laws of nature.
Their age should have been a warning to me that we may have nothing in common. It tells you what you may have in common with someone.
The second is to know what you are attracted to, understand what you want in a partner and a relationship, and confirm that these things are in agreement before you choose to spend time with someone.
We all experience a first kiss, first partner, first sex, marriage, home, career, child, divorce, etc.
If you're at the end of this list, what on Earth could you have in common with someone near the beginning? When my divorce was final, I went out of my way to date women of different ages ranging anywhere from twenty-two to fifty-three years old.