Older Is Better

April 5, 2016

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Yesterday I turned 55 years young. 

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I realise being this age makes me a better husband than I was when I was 24 (my age when we got married). This is not just because I’ve grown up some and wised up a bit.

At 24, my prefrontal cortex was not yet fully developed and I was, at least, a decade away from emotional maturity. Add to that the near toxic levels of testosterone in my system, and it’s a wonder my dear Lori was able to put up with me long enough for me to grow up. I was more given to aggression, to aggressive driving, to impatience, and to thinking 18 hours without sex was an emergency of major proportions. I was less able to read my wife’s emotions, and less able to empathise when I did find a clue.

Of course I had a responsibility to fight my hormonal and mental limitations when I was younger, but the limitations were real and there is only so much one can do. The same is true for your dear hubby. If you hang in with him his age will make things better.

~ Paul – I’m XY, and I’m getting older AND BETTER!

Men Mature After Women — 11 Years After, To Be Exact — A British Study Reveals | Medical Daily 
Testosterone may reduce empathy by reducing brain connectivity | PsyPost 

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Me April 5, 2016 at 7:03 am

Happy Birthday, Paul!!


Jolie April 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Hope you had a wonderful Birthday!

I seem to appreciate my dogs more when they pass the age of 3, horses when they pass the age of 6, doctors when they’re over 40, and I am appreciating my husband more since he passed the age of 45. He has mellowed enough now that he is much more capable of dealing with my menopause than he would have been at the age of 30 :)

Hmmm….”near toxic levels of testosterone”…great description.
I’ve always believed that testosterone tends to create more problems/heartache than it does babies.
I will never understand why it continues to be the male drug of choice.


Paul Byerly April 8, 2016 at 10:23 am

@J0lie “I will never understand why it (testosterone) continues to be the male drug of choice.”
As if we have a choice! There I was in middle school, minding my own business, not hurting anyone, and BOOM testosterone was all over me.
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