The best part about being in a relationship is the time you get to spend together. So what happens when distance gets in the way of that?
Over the past year and a half, I have maintained a long distance relationship with my best friend. The catch is that unlike most long distance couples who usually share the same nationality, my boyfriend and I are 4,000 miles apart. He’s from Chile and I live in the U.S.
As crazy as that sounds, it’s actually not that resemblant of a Lifetime movie. My maternal family is Chilean and on one of my many visits and outings with my college aged cousins, we met. My one-month trip was spontaneously extended into a four month stay and after returning back home, he visited me four months later. We have been together ever since.
While my story may bore some people to tears, I think it’s a great way of proving that love does conquer all — as cheesy as that sounds.
People have this misconception about relationships and intimacy. Love has its own language. I see it as a powerful feeling beyond anything imaginable that can span centuries and continents.
While there aren’t many reasons why anyone would purposefully seek out a long distance relationship, there are a couple of reasons why you might be glad you committed to one.
- You appreciate the visits so much more.
- Doing average things like grocery shopping together becomes a full on adventure.
- Sending hand written notes becomes a thing.
- You notice just about everything that reminds you of your person.
- You appreciate calls more than texts.
- You learn to listen and are on another level of communication skills.
- Planning your time together is a precious hobby between you two.
- The trust in the relationship becomes unreal.
- You become an expert in executing surprises for them.
- You know the love is real.