I am a 36yr old recently divorced female. I have started dating a very close friend of mine who is 26yrs old. We have a wonderful time together no matter what we are doing. I have cared very deeply for this person for years and was worried that taking our relationship further would ruin our friendship, but it does not appear that it has. The only commitment that we have made to each other is that we will exclusively date each other and be honest with one another if either of us feels its not working out. However, I am really experiencing some self-esteem problems and insecurity issues. I have been married since I was 18 years old. Now I am not for the first time ever. I am very lonely when I am not with him and I don't know what to do with myself. Also, if he doesn't call me during the daytime it is very depressing to me. I know that I can't depend on someone else to make me happy in life, but I'm not sure what to do to make myself have more esteem and to make sure that my life is well rounded and does not just consist of my relationship with him. I worry about the 10yr age difference too even though he assures me it has no bearing on his feelings for me. Do you have any good advice at this point in my life?
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