Damnit, I need lady help

Have a C10 for your time, folks.

So I've known this girl for about two years. She's 19 and I'm 22. For some reason, she and all my friends think it would be weird if we dated or something cause of the age gap. I was actually her boss (and hired her) at our previous job. That's where I initially met her. Ever since then, we've hit it off and we've both told each other that we like one another very much.

The problem is that she is extremely hesitant to go out with me or anything cause she's scare of what her friends or family might think if she's dating someone older.

It's pissing me off cause I really like this girl. Sorry for the rant, Oppo.