Have you ever been to Europe or South America and ridden a scooter while on vacation? They’re fun, aren’t they? And, yet, you’re kind of embarrassed to admit to having ridden one and having enjoyed the experience. Welcome to the dating world!
When I set up a guy I know with a girlfriend of mine, I didn’t think about how the world would view a 60 year-old man with a smoking hot 35 year-old woman with long blond hair who wore skirts just below the water line. I was just doing what I do best, matching things up. You know square peg, square hole, round peg, round hole. Oops, did I say something vulgar?
When a date turned into a weekend tryst and a weekend tryst turned into a full-fledged love affair, I noticed how awkward they were in public together. They both thought others viewed them as the rich older guy with the young rent-a-date. While he is rich and she does love designer clothes, that was by no means the premise to their relationship. Nevertheless, they were going to restaurants where they didn’t know anyone, because each in their own way, thought the other was a moped—fun to ride, but you wouldn’t want your friends to see you riding one.
In dating, the term moped generally refers to someone who is fun to have sex with, but isn’t particularly attractive. That’s not always the case. A moped can simply be someone with whom you’re embarrassed to be seen in public for one reason or another. I have dated all types— short, tall, fat, thin, young, old—but I have never considered them mopeds. I am indiscriminate about aesthetics when it comes to dating. For me, it’s about the heart and the mind, not about the packaging. After all, the package changes over time: it can get stretched out, shriveled up, or even fade. Beauty is fleeting. Abs of steel will not stand the test of time. Even with Nip/Tuck procedures, a woman cannot be a Barbie forever, nor can a man remain a G.I. Joe.
While the term moped is highly descriptive, and rather funny, it makes me wonder why anyone would be concerned with how others might view the person they are dating. Are you that insecure that you would allow other people’s perceptions to influence your dating choices? And if so, the person you are dating likely deserves better. Real friends won’t judge you for whom you date, and who cares what strangers think? Ultimately, it’s about your happiness—and if happiness is riding a moped, then ride it hard, ride it fast and ride right into the sunset.