Of course, the obvious downside is the possibility of loneliness. But for me, that’s a matter of perspective. Realizing you’re not dependent upon someone else to entertain you is empowering. I keep busy with traveling, attending seminars or classes, or volunteering. I am happy and fulfilled. Sure, being an elder orphan means living alone, but it doesn’t mean you’re lonely.
They believed her; they just didn’t trust her. It’s a feeling American women know well — it’s not that we’re told that we’re lying, exactly, when we talk about making less money or feeling harassed at work. It’s that men don’t trust that it’s the whole truth, or that it’s not all that bad.