My Best Friend May Live On The Other Side Of The World, But Nothing Can Separate Us

My Best Friend May Live On The Other Side Of The World, But Nothing Can Separate Us

Although we haven't met yet, I know everything will fall into place when we do.

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Dear Hannah,

Sometimes when I don't feel like paying attention in class or when I'm trying to go to sleep at night, I dream about the day when one of us gets off the plane after flying for ten hours just to finally hug each other tightly. I've known you for two years now. Two years may not seem like a long time, but when it comes to not seeing your best friend, it seems as if a lifetime has gone by.

Sometimes it feels like it won't ever happen. We're both in college, are working basic jobs that are only good enough to help us buy those Fila shoes we've always wanted or to pay for gas for our cars, and are merely busy in every aspect with our own separate priorities we have in different countries.

But, I know we want this to happen so much that we'll make it happen, and when that day comes, it'll be so worth the wait.

It'll let us finally drive around each other's neighborhoods and blast our favorite music (preferably Lorde, Tyler the Creator and Rex Orange County… all compromised on our playlist that we share), take each other to our favorite restaurants, stores, parks, and most importantly, be utterly stupid together and make each other laugh until we're crying.

Most importantly, it'll let us finally be each other's presence rather than through a phone screen.

You've been there for probably most of my most exciting moments. You never failed to cheer me on and make me feel like I can actually do anything I set my mind to.

I'll never forget when we FaceTimed each other for the very first time. It was so natural. If anyone were watching me talk to you from afar, it would appear as if I'd known you my whole life. I'll never forget when you finally met our favorite artist at her concert and telling me all about it. I'll never forget when you sent me a bouquet of my favorite roses for my eighteenth birthday and the beautiful letter that came along with it. I'll never forget telling you that I got accepted to my dream college. I'll never forget when I first asked my mom about possibly visiting you, the "maybe" reply I got from her, and the excitement in both of our voices when I called you to tell you about it.

You're my absolute best friend, the friend I've been searching for my whole life, and the sister I never had.

I can't wait to do everything we constantly talk about doing together. I can't wait for you to show me your life, and for me to show you mine.

I can't wait to meet you.

Love always, Rachel

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Why Nursing School Friends Are So Vital

Pun intended.

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When I started nursing school, I knew it would be difficult. I wasn't naive. I heard the stories. I knew what I was getting into…to a certain degree.

It was everything I thought it would be and more. The highs were higher and the lows were lower. The thing you realize quickly in nursing is that it's not something you can achieve on your own. You have to have a support system. It's how you survive. It can feel like you're on your own because you have to perform the skills and make the grades, but really, there are so many friends standing behind you pushing you through.

I've seen it over and over again. I've been a part of it, witnessed it and had help myself. The truth is, even the most intelligent students need help in some sort of way. It might be hard to realize it when you're so inwardly focused, but when you look around you, everyone is walking the same path. They just have different strengths and weaknesses. It's an incredible thing when others use their personal strengths to offset your weaknesses. Nursing friends see in you what you don't see in yourself. Nursing friends share your passions, sleepless nights, early mornings, stress, panic attacks, victories, and failures. Nursing friends are your own personal cheerleaders.

It's no secret that we deal with some pretty gross stuff. Who else can you count on when you're walking down the unit trying to find an extra pair of hands to help you change the clothes of a morbidly obese patient who's covered from shoulders to ankles in their stool? Your nursing buds.

What about when your patient goes into v-fib (ventricular fibrillation), and you need someone to relief on chest compressions? Your rock star nurse friends are there to lend a hand or two.

Or what about when you are scrubbing into a C-section for the first time and you're kind of, sort of, secretly concerned you might get queasy or faint? Your nursing squad will remind you how tough you are. They'll assist you as quickly as possible and when you are finished washing your hands a thousand times, they'll make you laugh or smile. They'll always be there to help you with dignity, support, love, and encouragement.

Your nursing friends know which supply closet you go hide in when you are about to lose it or when class is so long it's giving you a headache so they pass you some Tylenol. Nursing friends are the backbone of your nursing school experience. I always love it that whenever I need hand sanitizer, Tylenol/Advil/Motrin or even a Band-Aid, someone always has it.

Even if you don't talk every day, or you take different class times, there is always someone waving hello or asking how you're holding up. You are all so different, but at the same time, you feel like you're surrounded by so many who are just like you. They care as much as you do. They love as much as you do. And the best part? They just love you. Even on your worst days. There will be times when you trip up on the easy stuff you know that you know, but they'll be there with open arms telling you about when they were in the same place. They are the ones who “fight in the trenches" with you. They'll carry you when you can't keep going, and you'll do the same. No woman or man left behind.

Nursing friends are incredible lifelong blessings. So, remember to thank them every once in a while. Keep cheering each other on, keep fighting together and keep reminding each other that the end goal is closer than it seems.

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How To Keep The Spark Alive In Your Long-Distance Relationship

Things I've learned and practice doing to keep my long distance relationship strong.

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As I was talking to a friend the other night I thought I'd write about the most important things that have kept me strong in my long-distance relationship. It has been almost two years that I have been dating my high school boyfriend, Brandon. With the majority of time being in college, I figured I could give a little bit of insight on how we have stayed strong.

Communication

I believe this is the most important factor of any healthy relationship. You need to talk to your significant other. For long distance, you have to develop the same skill of talking and touching base with people even if they are not physically with you.

To do this you can use the phone, facetime, skype, texting, or even writing letters. The letters may be a little old fashion but, I still do this as an extra way to communicate because I feel that it is really personal. It makes me feel so loved to receive a note, so it inspires me to share that same love back with people in my life that are meaningful.

Staying Connected

This point is similar to communicating but, it's staying connected. For example, I want to know what Brandon is doing and I get excited for him to tell me about it. The same goes for him, he wants to know what's going on in my life too. I think that this is healthy if you care about people, you check in on them and support them (even though we are not physically together).

I've learned to make a priorities list. After leaving high school, it can sometimes be so hard to stay in contact with your significant other or just friends. If you are both on the same page knowing how much time and effort needs to be put in and are willing to adjust your schedules, you can do it. It isn't that we are always perfect at this, but you have to make this effort. For example, I typically always talk to B at night because he plays baseball in the morning and then has classes after, so while we're both at school I know and have in my schedule that we talk at night. For us, this works for us and is the easiest. So, I would recommend figuring out your schedule, discuss theirs, and from there making the time and effort to stay connected.

Friendship

To keep your long distance relationship going I would say you have to be pretty compatible friends. You will see pretty quick that since you aren't always together, that if it is just something physical or convenient that it will not work out. I know from friends experiences that your relationship will crumble if you're not well rooted in a friendship first and foremost.

Similar Values

All is easier when you have the same values as the person you are dating. How are things going to work out when you don't see eye to eye on important issues and value the same things? This doesn't mean that you will agree on everything, quite frankly I would hate that; it would be like we were the exact same person and would never have anything to talk about. So expect differing opinions, but don't ever compromise on your values. Definitely a good thing to discuss for a healthy relationship!
Ideas of different values / some of ours
- Honesty and authenticity - growth
- Work ethic - faith
- Laughter - happiness
- Kindness - being healthy and active
-Friendship - respect

Balance/Trust

Having a relationship can be hard whether you are near or far. As I said before, communication is important, however, you still need to find some balance and trust in your relationship. If you are going to be away from each other and not have to worry about what decisions they are going to make, trust must be the forerunner in the relationship.

Personally, B and I are both in college and while we are both figuring out life, I know that there is a piece of him also with me here and that we are growing in this new adventure together. This is the way that I like to look at the situation. It makes life easier being apart and makes me feel good. I have found that this has actually strengthened our relationship. While it may be hard at times, the distance has also let us focus on ourselves and built us into better, smarter people that in the end will be better for each other.

Support

I think this a key point: that you should be with someone who supports you. Someone that is going to lift you when you fall. I would say that it is essential to both have the mindset to help each other grow into better people. Every day, apart or together, it is a desire and goal of mine to become a better version of myself. I want to do this for my boyfriend and all my friends. I need someone who is going to support me and inspire me to reach that potential, especially when I don't see it in myself. I think this is important in any relationship, that it brings you up and makes you better... not the opposite.

In your relationship, you need for your partner to be encouraging and seek to help you.

Beware!!!

Side note: One of my fears is to actually just be comfortable with someone so long that your love dies and that you just have no care for each other. I know this happens to people and that nothing is changing or growing inside either of them... don't do this.

Work

Overall it is going to be hard work to keep a relationship going, but it is worth it if both people are dedicated. Just remember, it is very possible and a lot of people are in the same situation as you. Essentially, being apart for so much time makes your time together better. On breaks, it is so much more satisfying and enjoyable to see each other because it has been so long. I've realized from this experience that your relationship can actually become strengthened and that you are more grateful in the end.

Hope this helps + inspires!

xoxo

Ally

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