Is age really just a number? I have been wanting to write about age gap relationships or a May December romance, for as long as I can remember. It was from a May December relationship in my early 20’s that my entire life (and the way that I viewed it, myself, and the opinions of others) changed.
What is a May December romance?
May December Romance comes from the metaphor of a year being the lifespan of a person. May is a time of relative youth where everything is in bloom and December is later in maturity. The leaves get even more beautiful and change for the final time that year. Age gap relationships are all around us – George and Amal Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, and most recently, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. I know some people who even classify Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as an age gap relationship (yes, it’s only 3 years).
It all boils down to everyone’s individual beliefs, insecurities, and comfort levels. I used to be so reactionary and judgemental.
Nowadays, yes, of course, I have my own opinions and beliefs but they don’t close me off from genuinely hearing and appreciating other people’s. And nothing triggers me to the point of such impulsive judgment, that I momentarily unglue and contradict everything I stand for.
May December romances are in movies, television, books, and in real life – especially here in Los Angeles. And there’s a stigma attached to May December romance that sadly, I don’t think will ever go away.
In regard to a May December Romance…
Whatever appears to color outside the lines of what someone believes (especially if they are unable to evolve, uncomfortable in their own skin, unhappy, and/or are not solid in their own affairs) will always fertilize a very unnecessary and unfair level of judgment.