The 5 Best Parts Of A Long Distance Relationship

The 5 Best Parts Of A Long Distance Relationship

Long distance is hard, but maybe the people who are in them are some of the strongest people.

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Everyone says long distance does not work, others say that it's too hard. Before you go, if you find yourself falling for someone who lives far away, what's the hurt in trying... Who knows? Maybe you'll find your best friend, your love, your partner.

1. If You Can Survive Distance, You Can Survive Anything 

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One of the reasons people break up in long distance relationships is because not having their physical person with them while they go to meetings, class, stress, job transfers, travel and more makes it difficult. However, being able to overcome all those little issues, the time differences, and keeping up with each other's lives is one of the strongest parts of a long distance relationship. If you and your person can handle those stresses, nothing else could hurt you. The emotional connection of a long distance relationship is the strongest element.

2. You Learn How to Communicate 

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Long distance may be hard, but it might teach you how to communicate in the best way. For people who are physically with each other often, having a "real" conversation could be more difficult for them. Setting aside time to talk to your significant other over Facetime prioritizes their emotions and allows for the opportunity to have a heart-to-heart, while also communicating affection better. Due to the distance, this type of relationship will have more meaningful conversations.

3. Independent but Dependent 

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In a relationship where the people are always together, sometimes they get lost in it. Have you ever had a friend that stops hanging out with your group entirely, or always talks about their significant other all the time? For a long distance couple, the two people have to be independent because they live far away from each other. This situation allows for an opportunity for each person to continue pursuing their goals, maintaining their personality and social life, all while having a strong relationship.

4. Great Planners 

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Because long distance requires communication, it goes hand-in-hand with planning. Time management is important to allot a part of your day to have a meaningful conversation with your other half. In addition, if you both watch Netflix, study, or spend time together on FaceTime, you both need to work together to plan out your day individually and then your day together. Over time, planning will become second nature for the both of you.

5. Adventures Never Stop

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Long distance couples know the meaning of memories and the important of time more than most couples. When visiting each other, there are tons of adventures and dates in store for your "mini-vacation." Showing each other the hot spots of the cities, or taking a mini trip together to a new place are all options with excitement and good memories.

Long distance relationships are not easy, but if you find yourself falling for someone far away, don't be afraid to dive head first and try it out. You can learn a lot about yourself and the other person through it.

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.
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Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.

Love,

Your Daughter

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This Is What Being Away From Home Taught Me About My Home

... It's ok to make plans with people besides your mom.

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My home, for as long as I can remember, has been my safe haven. No matter how many arguments my family and I got into, I always knew my home to be a place where I could feel safe, at peace, grounded, and most importantly, comfortable.

This is why, when I decided to embark on a journey to Israel, 6,000 miles away felt like I was traveling into space. I felt as if I couldn't move forward without my mom by my side, reminding me everything is going to be okay. The relationship that my mom and I have is a special one, and knowing that I was not in close proximity to her created much-unwanted anxiety for us both. Knowing that while she may have only been a phone call away, that she wouldn't be able to come hold me if I needed her to, was something I really struggled with.

While I was away, I had hoped that my excitement for the trip and the adventures that were to come would keep me grounded and sane. Unfortunately, as the days went on, I became more and more homesick. However, I was able to learn some really important lessons in terms of the importance of my home, and sometimes the need to escape it.


The new friendships I made showed me that sometimes it's okay to make plans with people besides your mom (only partially joking).

The new foods I tried showed me that there are so many different types of foods that my chef of a mother hasn't even heard of.

The new experiences showed me just how important it is to step out of my comfort zone, even if doing so means I have to be 6,000 miles away from the comfort of my mom's arms.


There are hundreds of thousands of things that this trip has taught me, but it especially taught me that life exists away from your home as well. While it is natural to want to stay close to the things that bring you comfort, it is also essential that you allow yourself to grow.

I couldn't be luckier to have had such an incredible experience abroad, but I also couldn't be luckier to have been able to come home to a mom that was waiting with open arms and open ears.

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