Being in a long-distance relationship can be a really positive thing. My boyfriend and I have been together for about four months (we met in college) and are trying to maintain a strong and healthy relationship even though we live about three hours away from each other. Although this type of relationship does have its ups and downs, being in a long-distance relationship can really strengthen the bond between two people. It can be the ultimate test to see whether you and your partner are truly meant to be together.
1. Being away from each other for so long can be the worst but also the best
Not being able to spend time with someone you love and care about all the time can be really difficult, but it makes the times we do get to spend together way better. I find that I appreciate my time with him more now that we're apart than I would while were together. It truly teaches you not to take your time together for granted, and helps you cherish every amazing memory and moment you have together.
2. It is a true test
Being able to handle a long-distance relationship can be difficult for some people, but it can also truly prove that you're meant to be with the person you're with. Life can throw many curve balls at you at any time, but being able to handle and get through the tough times is what counts. If you can make it through the tough times, you'll sail and prosper through the times that are good. Remember, if you put your mind to it, anything can happen.
3. It makes me appreciate my friends more
Being without my boyfriend all the time really helps me develop really strong friendships. I find that I am able to balance my time better. I am able to set up days devoted to my relationship and also days dedicated to my work, family, or my friends.
4. They can always come and visit
The coolest part to a long-distance relationship is having them come and visit you in your home town or state. You get to be an awesome tour guide and show them everything you know and grew up around from your favorite park to your favorite restaurant. You name it, you guys can do it, and it will be a lot of fun for both of you. Showing your partner the things in life that you love and cherish is important because it will help them get to know you better. It can be a learning experience for you both.
5. I became more adventurous
I never thought I would travel out of state as much as I do now. Finding things to do a few hours away from your house can be difficult but it's important to be spontaneous and keep an open mind. You never know what's out there until you try it. Sometimes it can turn into an expensive trip especially if you go to an amusement park, an escape room, or going on tours or to museums. But, you can always find an adventure that doesn't break your wallet such as the beach, hiking, nature walks etc. The world is an amazing place filled with places to be discovered.
6. Communication is key
Communicating with each other at least once a day is super important. It is important to keeping a relationship functioning. Being able to communicate effectively when you're far apart from each other will make communicating when you're together much easier. Even if it's just talking about how your day went, it still counts for something. Keeping up with each other's lives is important.
7. It allows you to become independent
You are really able to grow and find yourself as a person. It is so cool to be able to find your own passions without anyone swaying you. It is also really cool to watch your partner grow and find themselves. It really helps you support each other and grow not only together but also as individuals.
Like I said, being in a long distance-relationship isn't by any means easy, but it could potentially be worth it! You never know what could happen until you try.