It seems almost unrealistic in this day and age to expect a gal to marry her high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. Women have more choice than ever in terms of who they choose to love, how long they choose to love them… or whether they choose to remain happily single and independent.
Australian social commentator Bernard Salt says that we are more likely to have a partner for a particular phase in our life.
“In your twenties you want a playmate. In your thirties and forties you want a housemate and beyond that you want a soulmate – companionship.”
The Balance website is all about providing information and inspiration – no matter where you are ‘at’ in your relationship. Many of our followers have found themselves single again in their 40s and 50s, trying to navigate their way through a very different dating landscape. Whether you want style tips for meeting ‘Mr. Right’ or advice about setting up an online dating profile, we aim to give you the support you need.
You’ll find a range of interviews on our site on the topic of relationships including Australian fashion stylists Jane de Teliga, who, as a single woman, left the comforts of her homeland to recreate herself in Europe.
“You have bad times and you get sad and lonely and depressed but there’s wonderful things out there if you open yourself up to them.”
When we spoke with Aussie songstress Natalie Imbruglia, she spoke of reasons to celebrate being single – rather than dwelling on the negatives.
“I try to focus on all the things that all my married friends with children can’t do. So instead of thinking that I’m missing out, I think – well, they can’t travel and I’m in a different country every two weeks and I get to sleep… and that’s really helpful because I think it’s so easy to think the grass is greener.”
And then there’s our interview with TV news anchor Juanita Phillips who, as a divorcee with two children, came across love the ‘second time around’.
“It’s lovely to have somebody there to listen to you, to hear about your day, to give you feedback. Just to know that someone is on your side… I’ve never had that before.”