Something struck me last night while I sat down to unwind and watch tv, and I couldn’t help but think I am not the only one that would feel this way: they should have a Bachelorette for 40-somethings.
I have seen that reality show on occasion as I flip through the channels but have never actively followed it. Why? Well, when you put a bunch of good looking, young, single people together they are bound to have some romance in the air – and of course the drama (I wonder how many watch for the drama that unfolds behind the scenes?). Those same people would do just as well in a the gym, their workplace, a hot night spot, or anywhere — why? Because they have youth on their side and don’t have the same challenges as a divorced middle-aged woman with children, career pressures, children’s activities competing for time and attention, and the general life responsibilities that come with age.
In The Dating Intervention, a contemporary romance released in 2012, I explored some of the challenges woman face and sometimes get stuck in – to the point where the fictional main character’s friends need to stage an intervention to force her back out into the dating scene. She quickly finds the dating pool has become a puddle as there are fewer good men available. Which leads me back to the Bachelorette.
How many viewers would that reality show get it it were more realistic? Give a middle-aged woman a chance to find love in between soccer practice, errands, and work with some nice, grounded guys with some gray at their temples? Now that is something I might put the remote control down for.