The Best Parts of a Long Distance Relationships

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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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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You Don't Have To Be Born Into The Family You're Meant To Be With

Water will always be thicker than blood.

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According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of a family is "the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children", meaning to be a family, you must be related to others by blood. I used to run by this ideal up until high school took over my life with full force, but, as my friend told me one night in middle of our conversation, you can't get through life without friends.

You can't walk a pathway full of obstacles on your own and expect to come out of the other side unscathed, especially mentally. You can't see yourself face-to-face with your worst enemies and conquer your worst fears just by boosting your own confidence (unless you have an amazing capability of keeping your self-esteem afloat just by yourself).

In essence, life is meant for you to be born into a group of people and take on the world as if there's no one else you're meant to live with. To live is to survive with spirit, and friends are the bridge to the emotional freedom that blood-related family can't always bring.

And there's no reason to realize only if you have a large group of friends or if your family isn't as supportive as friends. It's something you come to realize with experience, and you won't know it's true until you find yourself sitting at a lunch table laughing so hard with these completely random people until you can't breathe.

It amazes me when I'm thinking late at night about how I came to meet my best friends that there was a completely randomized set of events that happened to end with two different people sharing common interests. Who would've thought that in a sea of seven billion people (that keeps changing every second), I'd be able to find myself identifying my extended family as a girl who loves reading, one who loves fashion, another who loves pull all-nighters to watch Netflix, and so many other people around me, too.

It's a diverse group of people that I identify as my family outside of home, and I know that college being just around the corner is going to change my life. But that just means my family keeps growing. You don't have to be related to someone to call them family. My friends and I openly consider ourselves to be sisters, and it's going to stay that way as long as we stay together.

One thing I can agree with in the true definition of "family", though, is that no external force can break apart a bond. And if there's something that happens to break us away from one another, we weren't meant to be family in the first place. It's a constant cycle throughout life of figuring out where you belong, but you'll eventually come to understand who you were meant to be stuck with.

There's a sense of thankfulness that comes after the realization that you've found people you can completely be yourself with. They'll forgive, they'll share, they'll love, and they'll do anything to make sure that you know that you're one of the pack.

Just a few days ago at a party, we were all glued to the TV screen while playing "Bandersnatch", and everyone seemed so invested. It was comical to see their reactions to scenes that I had already seen months before, and because the movie was an interactive game, when they made the wrong decision or when I accidentally spoiled the next scene, they would yell (out of playful spirit). It was exactly like a family, and though I wasn't the closest of friends with a few people there, it was nice to see that everyone was bonding over the movie.

It's the smallest of moments when you make the largest of discoveries, and over the past three years, I've found out that there's not much difference between family and true friendship. Friends will unconditionally love and support you just as your blood relatives might, but the only big difference that I can immediately think of is that the people in your life will show you love in different ways based on how they know how to show it.

And that's what makes you love them all the more.

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