5 Reasons Long Distance Relationships Are Beautiful

5 Reasons Long Distance Relationships Are Beautiful

The brave ones take on the challenge and say "See you soon" instead of "Goodbye."

People meet, collide, and interact every second of every day. While on the journey, you might stumble upon someone who makes your heart skip a beat, someone you couldn't imagine your life without. Sometimes, people fall in love and have to go there separate ways to live out their dreams while they are young. Then, they decide, do it together, or apart.

The thought of a long distance relationship scares a lot of people.

"Are we going to stay together?"

"Will we have the same spark we did when we first met?"

The brave ones take on the challenge and say "See you soon" instead of "Goodbye." I am going to tell you the wonders of having a long distance relationship in the prime years of your life.

1. You learn how to be independent.

Heading into college, I had no idea as to how a long distance relationship would work, but I was willing to try to figure it out, for the right person. Right from the start, I was making wonderful friendships, dancing all night, spending hours in coffee shops learning about others and myself, and most importantly living my life for the first time on my own, and happier than ever. I was independent and loving it. I very quickly came to the realization that having someone that cared for me each night and supported my excitement and happiness was the greatest gift, no matter how far away they were.

2. It builds and requires trust.

I learned quickly the amount of trust my partner and I had for one and another. I was able to live my life and make my own experiences out of my first year of college but knew I had someone that was checking up on me, wanted to know about my day, and had someone to make me smile. We learned how to communicate in the best way. Our relationship was constantly being tested to see how we would handle certain situations, what we would tell each other, and how we would solve problems from afar. Our trust for each other moved leaps and bounds.

3. The excitement builds between visits.

If you are in a long distance relationship when they text you, call you, facetime you, the excitement never dies down. It is fun getting excited and giggly like how you used to be when you first met. The thought of meeting up and seeing your person after a long time is a great feeling.

4. Seeing each other after so long apart is indescribable.

When you see your partner after a long time, it's like seeing them for the first time, over and over again. There is so much to catch up on, stories to tell, and laughs to be had. There really isn't time to sit around and be bored, the time spent together is special, worth the drive, and memorable until the next time you can see each other again.

5. The commitment is a beautiful thing.

I think that being in a long distance relationship is the most beautiful thing. The way two people can come together and have so much love they don't want to be apart, speaks miles about their relationship and what they strive to be together. The way two people learn to live alone in a prime, exciting time is more than important. Having a support system that always has your back is not something to take advantage of. It is so easy to meet someone and spend all of your time with them. It is more difficult to learn how to be yourself, make friends by yourself, and live the life you've always wanted with someone your heart grows fond for, far away.

To me, it seems very rewarding to be in a relationship where your partner and yourself value independence, strive for goals bigger than you could imagine and are truly looking to have an experience that shapes your life for the better. Long-distnace relationships are beautiful and worth fitting for.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Leave Your Ex Alone

They don't want to bother with you, so stop bothering them.


It's okay to be friends with your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, but you can never be friends immediately after the break-up or else the friendship will fail. To be someone's friend you must be able to support them and love them. Relationships almost never end on good terms, so how can you be truly supportive to the person that broke you? You can't.

You both need time to heal and love yourselves again without the emotional support that you both have been leaning on for so long."You can't fix yourself while holding on to the person that broke you." -r.h.sin. Remember that.

Also, please for the sake of all your friends, followers, and your self-dignity, keep your relationship off social media. I'm not saying don't post want you to want to post, but when your profile has turned into a hate blog for your ex, I think it's time quit. Not only does constantly posting negative things about your ex make you look bad, but it also makes the healing process go even slower and possibly ruin the chances of friendship again.

And if you truly believe that sending a text that is close to the length of 400 words to your ex explaining once again that you are completely over them will make them change their minds then go off, but know it most likely won't work. Then didn't care the first time, they won't care the seventh time.

So basically, be respectful and be kind to your ex. No matter how messed upshot they did was and no matter how badly that hurt you, realize that treating them terrible back solves nothing and only reflects badly on you. You can't change how people treat you, but you can choose how to react.

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