I can't remember the last time I dated a guy in his twenties.. actually I can and he was a flake. But the reason that I do go for older guys (most recent one 37) is they have a clear idea of who they are, and they're not in a rush to do anything because they've already done it all, and they just want to get to know you. But they don't seem to have any reservations about letting you know they're interested.
True. And they (or in this case) he also has no reservations about stating clearly that he thinks taking things slowly is a good idea. (Although, to be difficult, I don't believe that it's chronological, but emotional, age that's at issue, here.)
Doesn't mean I have to agree with or acquiesce to his stance. He let me know straight up where he's coming from. There's nothing unclear about, "I'm interested, but I think we should take things slowly." At least I have no problem interpreting that exactly as stated. I'm so over reading into what guys say. What they say is, is. I can't read anybody's mind, nor would I attempt to.
It's up to me to decide how to process his statement and actions and how/whether to react to them. I also get to decide what to do if things don't come along in a way that's comfortable for me.
If there's one good thing about being older, it's that you know that, pretty much no matter what happens emotionally, it won't kill you.