Episode 2:
swiping left over 60

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April 23, 2024

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💜🎙️ In this week’s episode, Andi Pollinger shares her essay, “Swiping Left Over 60,” reflecting on her experience finding love at 62 in a dating scene that had shifted from serendipitous real-world encounters to finding love through online profiles.

During our conversation, Andi shares her experience finding love again after a long marriage, and how watching the fearless women of “The Golden Bachelor” inspired her to write her essay. She opened up about the differences between dating in her youth versus dating in her 60s, including the difference in life planning. Through dating, Andi learned the importance of committing to your self-worth, having patience, maintaining your independence, and pursuing personal interests beyond a partnership.

Andi Pollinger is a writer and 67-year-old retired resident of Boston. Her published essays on Medium date back to 2019 when she took a road trip across America with her 25-year-old son in a 1992 refurbished van. Her stories run the gamut from surviving breast cancer and recounting a city's racist response to a murder hoax in Boston in 1989. Andi’s other publications include “Honk for Choice” featured on Herstory and “A New Grandmother Finds Her Seat at the Changing Table” on Parent.com.

Andi’s essay was originally published in the Huffington Post, as "At 62, I Hadn't Been On A Date In Decades. Here's What Happened When I Tried The Apps."

Experience the Podcast: Listeners can watch the full interview or read the essay.