It’s about being on that journey, and knowing what direction you’re traveling in, not crossing some kind of finish line. If you don’t at least like yourself, you’ll never believe that anyone else really likes you, and you’ll find it hard to like them too.

If there is a significant age difference between you and potential partners -- about 20 years or so -- then it's possible these older men have children that are close to you in age.

Consider whether you can realistically handle this family dynamic -- if a mate invited you over to meet his kids, would you feel comfortable?

Unfortunately, the same trouble often takes place in the relationship between a younger woman and an older man.

The intensity of the problem depends on the age difference.

Often, older guys are interested in younger girls because of their youthful appearance and fun loving attitude.

While you can impress an older guy with your appearance and your attitude, you should also try to be yourself and be honest about your thoughts and opinions around him.

Professor of psychology and director of the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University, Thomas G. D., says that compatibility is necessary for the day-to-day functions associated with long-term partnerships.

It's important to determine if you and an older beau are compatible with one another on an experiential level -- frustrations may arise if you and your mate can't relate to one another's cultural references, or if your partner treats you more like a student than an equal romantic partner, due to his vast life experience.

You should also consider how you would handle rejection from a potential partner's kids.