I just tended to be more tenacious and allowed it to end when they said.
In two of them, six months in, my partner suffered a major setback but I stayed as long as she would let me.
Somewhere around my age or sooner people seem to hit a fork in the road taking us down two very different paths.People who have been in a sustained partnership seem very likely to stay in it.People like me who have been in and out of partnerships several times seem very unlikely to end up in one.Whenever I begin to feel unread and unloved, writing my articles on philosophy of science and the like, I know there’s relief close at hand.I can always write an article about sex, love and romance.
My readership usually skyrockets and I feel loved all over again, so loved that I can stand a little hate too.A few months back I wrote about the tough romantic choices midlife single women face. A few women readers said that I identified their predicament exactly.One woman started her correspondence with, “You ridiculous man, you’ve got your head so far up your butt…” This woman was right in a figurative sense. My watchwords are: Philosophers find their true perfection knowing the follies of humankind by introspection.In response to the criticism, I promised I’d write an equally blunt article on what it’s like for us single midlife males. Having not dated guys I don’t know what they’re really like in the dating world, so I’ll write shamelessly about my quest for a romantic solution. I was married for 16 years and have since been single with and without benefits for spells, and in five partnerships lasting on average two years.I’m guessing though that you’ll recognize in me traits common in many single midlife men and women. In my case, every one of these partnerships ended with my partner calling it off.I think they'd all agree it was more or less mutual.