Yes, it has probably been a long time since you have dated… that’s why many boomers will experience a lot of nervousness and anxiety when they start thinking about getting back into the social scene and dating again.

Even if you don’t feel much of this anxiety prior to setting up the date, the first date has a way of frazzling even the steadiest of nerves. This is normal.

While the nervousness and anxiety seem logical to the person experiencing those feelings, in reality, the feelings are almost always a product of an overly active imagination. Again, this is normal.

You’re never too old

Regardless of how old you are, dating does not have to begin as a long-term commitment. All too often, boomers dating will feel as though time is running short for them to find a lifelong partner. They are also concerned that if they do meet someone with whom they’d like a long-term relationship, starting a close relationship isn’t practical because they are “getting too old”.

That simply is not true in any way, shape or form. You can help put your mind at ease if you approach dating as a way of getting to know someone, and not about finding Mr. or Miss Right.

The key, then, is to not give in to the self-imposed pressure of a ticking clock but to relax and enjoy dating for what it is: a way of making new friends. It may or may not lead to a more serious relationship, but make it a rule to have fun first, and the pressure will disappear.

Regardless of what they have been through, as far as Boomer dating goes, they have more of an opportunity to share their memories, experiences, milestones and special moments with somebody else who has a deeper meaning what those things really mean.

What are you waiting for?

Go out and share your experiences, meet new people and make friends. If it should then so happen, go ahead and move forward to a more intimate and substantial relationship with a person that you now know likes you for who you really are.