Being unattached in your mature years is daunting for some, but it doesn’t have to be.
Research shows the demographic is shifting when it comes to our relationships, with divorce rates continuing to fall overall but on the rise for people over 50.
Rosalie Liddle Crawford who has been divorced for more than 15 years, says being single in your 40s, 50s and 60s shouldn’t be a time to go out looking for your next soulmate, but a time to learn, grow and experience.
The 58-year-old is living her singledom life to the fullest, and is often found mingling with different people at events.
“Most people have already been married and had children, so instead of settling down straight away I think it’s a time to form friendships, meet new people and experience new things,” says Rosalie.
She says she has organised many singles nights in the past, as well as going along to experience them herself.
“Single nights are an efficient way of dating, because you can spend much time and cost meeting lots of different people individually, but when you go on a singles night you know you’re going to focus on that age group and it’s like speed dating in a relaxed environment.”
When she goes to singles nights she says she doesn’t go into it thinking she will find the one, but instead sees it as an opportunity to meet more people.
“I don’t go in with any expectation - I go into it with an open heart thinking maybe I’ll find a new friend, and that’s always very enriching.
“They’re just human beings and I think ‘how can I add value to their life?’ not ‘what can I get from them?’”
The 40s, 50s and 60s Singles Party will be held on Friday, August 24, from 7-11pm at the World’s End at 229 Fraser Street.