Release Your Sensual Demon

3 min readJul 8, 2023
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I was having a conversation with my ex-husband the other day. He is preparing to move from our Sons home to his own apartment in the next few months. It will be the first time in his 68 years that he will have his own home. He had a lot of questions about how to best approach this new phase in life and what he will do with his freedom. Although we have been divorced for years, we share children, grandchildren and a lasting friendship. I was all to happy to offer any encouragement I could. Both for his upcoming adventure and for reassurance that maintaining his own home will be a delightful and liberating experience (one I actually began decades before our divorce).

The topic that surprised and in fact delighted me was not his expected interest in how he will acquire furniture and household items. It was his plan on hooking up with potential playmates. A committed, celibate hermit, this revelation was a delight to hear. Does this mean that the desire for congenial, even sensual, human companionship can be rekindled at any stage in life? Evidentially it does.

I have long been of the opinion that sensual encounters, if not sexual, need not cease at a certain stage of life. They will most likely change. Circumstances, physical limitations, physical surroundings, and current relationships all play a crucial part. None of these need put a steak in the heart of intimacy, no…