I have been in a long distance relationship for more than a year now. I’m not sure if this time is enough to make me an expert or if I’m still a novice in the long-distance dating world. My boyfriend and I live in different cities, around 1200 kilometers away from each other. And in this past year, we’ve only seen each other for a total of 6 weeks. The rest of our time together was spent on the phone, trying out every possible social media network to stay connected- Snapchat, Skype, Viber, Facetime, you name it!
After managing to stay together for more than a year, it’s easy for everyone around us to assume that we both are really great at handling all the problems that come with distance, but I don’t think these problems are something you can ever really be great at handling. How can you ever start missing them less? How can you ever stop yourself from crying because you haven’t seen them in months? How can you manage to smile on your birthday when you know they just can’t make it?
I’m not going to sugarcoat things. I’m not going to tell you secret tricks on making this distance fun because there are no tricks! This distance will always feel like a daily handicap that you need to adjust with. And this feeling will end up hurting you one time or another but if you really love the person you’re with, you will find a way to make it tolerable. Because when it comes to true love, no amount of distance will be able to keep you two apart. So if you’ve taken the decision to stick it out with this amazing person, and if you really wish to make this long-distance relationship work, then remember to first make these 9 important promises to each other:
1. I promise to always send you heart-felt letters or maybe even an occasional gift. I’m not promising that they’ll always be something absolutely out of the ordinary or something really fancy. But I can promise to make sure that they bring a smile to your face.
2. I promise to be there for you every time you’re sad or stressed about something. I know I won’t be able to always sit down and take you in my arms at times like these but I do promise to call you up and listen to everything you have to say for as long as you want. – Continue reading on next page