This is one small example, but it always means a lot that she encourages me to go do my own thing because she knows that when we are together, our relationship will be that much stronger if we're both allowed the freedom to be ourselves.
It's this kind of trust that, so far, is awesome.
"He can be extremely empathetic and/or give practical advice because he's actually "been there" before."It's also OK to admit you have something to learn."I'm continually struck by my girlfriend's maturity, the strength of her values, and the way she chooses to live her life; things that, I believe, come in large part from age and experience," the 25-year-old man said.
She encouraged him to grow and be independent, he explained:"She's had enough experience both in life and relationships to know that we need to grow individually in order to grow together and that we need to always respect each other.
being out on my own for the first time, the frequent existential crises that you experience in your 20s, etc.) so he is my rock in a way that a person my age might not be able to be," Croft wrote.
Croft also emphasized that communication and patience were crucial."Honest communication and patience is key in any relationship, but particularly when there is an age gap; misunderstandings can happen more easily, I think, because of the different places you might be in life. When your partner has considerably more life experience than you, it can feel a little intimidating.
Be open to learning from one another," she explained. But it also provides opportunities and advantages you might not encounter dating someone your own age.
It sounds like he’s not letting you be your age.""She also discovered that some of her partner's beliefs differed from hers, and realized that being younger didn't mean she was in the wrong."Realize that your older partner grew up with different values than you, (which, [for me] proved to be a feat as a feminist dating an older man from the deep south).
Be patient with one another," she explained in an email.