Everything Is Better At A Distance

Everything Is Better At A Distance

When you really stop to think about it, everything really is better at a distance.

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We have all heard it.

"Distance makes the heart grow fonder."

But does it really? Does it really make everything better when you are far away from those people and that situation?

For me, so far, it has worked out pretty well.

Being away from home has taught me to appreciate my roots a little more. It has helped me appreciate my family and friends back home a lot more than I expected.

Yeah, it sucks because you can't help but feel homesick for those people and familiar surroundings, but it's all worth it when you go back and just feel complete again.

In my opinion, everything is better at a distance because it keeps you from getting tired of it so easy.

If you spend too much time in one place or with one person, then it just gets boring.

When I travel, I give myself two weeks at most in a place before I get bored to death. And I can only go back to visit that place after at least a year since my last visit.

Yes, I have my own guidelines.

Many people also see it from the relationship level.

Let's take my mom's relationship with my grandma, her mother-in-law, as an example.

"Your mom is her mother-in-law's favorite because she's far away, unlike her other in-laws," was what my dad said over dinner one night. And he's not wrong.

My mom is easily my grandma's favorite in-law and they always spoil each other because they rarely ever see each other.

It does suck not being around someone for more than like two weeks a year, like in my mom and grandmother's case, but the time you spend with them just makes it so much more precious.

The same thing can be said when you date online or do long distance dating.

You can message them all day and every day if you want, but that won't change what they really are when you meet them in person.

In this type of situation, people have often already made their own assumption of that person up in their mind just off the little they know about them; however, they can be completely different when you meet them in person.

Then you end up heartbroken, but it was good while it lasted.

So, while there might be some negative factors to the distance approach, it can ultimately be the thing that keeps you happy and appreciative of what you have.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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My Boyfriend's Family Helped Me Find My Home Away From Home

Taking "home is where the heart is" to a new level.

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I have always heard that one day I will find a place that will feel like my home away from home, specifically with my significant other. Honestly, I couldn't envision loving a place like the way I do my hometown, let alone love it even more. Nonetheless, here I am, sitting in the Little Rock, Arkansas airport tearing up as I say goodbye to my home away from home.

Let me tell you about my hometown. I live in a relatively small town in Wyoming and it has always been my home. My family, friends and work are here in Wyoming. But, there happens to be this man who has my whole entire heart. His hometown is a little town in Arkansas, that also happens to be 17 hours away from me. I came to visit him in his hometown for the first time ever. Not only to see Arkansas for the first time but to see him for the first time in a month and to have the opportunity to meet his family.

I won't lie, meeting parents for the first time is definitely nerve-wracking. It's not that I am hard to get along with, it's the fact that I want them to love me because I love their son and I couldn't conceptualize that ever changing. From the moment I stepped into their home, I was welcomed with big arms and beautiful smiles. His family welcomed me, a complete stranger, into their home with no questions asked. Right away I knew I felt like I was home.

Finding your home away from home is easy to recognize. Home is a place full of love and laughter and that is what I found in Arkansas. It was a second home that I felt comfortable in. Feeling comfortable somewhere is not always the easiest feeling to grasp. For me, I feel the need to be in a comfortable place to be myself and call it "home."

I believe that it is essential for everyone to have a "second home" or a "home away from home." Having a second family can and does provide so much more love in my life I never knew I needed. I of course do and always will love and adore my family with my whole heart and soul but having these other people in my life gives me so much assurance that I'll always be surrounded with love and happiness. You can never have too many friends, too much family and certainly never too much love. So thank you. Thank you for welcoming me, loving me as your own, and showing me that having a home away from home is such a positive part of my life.

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