This is completely true. I went to my 10 year reunion, I talked and danced with several girls who told me they had crushes on me in high school and I never knew.
Also my first wife was the girl next door... well, at least in the same neighborhood. She moved away when she was about 13 and I met her again 9 years later.
As I got older, I came realize that no girl was out of reach. The worst they could do was so no. While my friends would sit back and gawk, I would take a shot. If I got rejected, they would but my balls and I would always tell them they were *****s for not trying.
When I got divorced, I dated a sexy French au pair who was 13 years younger than me.
No guts, no glory.
Case in point is that all my friends always tell me that my wife is definitely way out of my league.
Not sure if that's supposed to be a compliment or not. :D