There are more than 7 billion people in the world and while sometimes the person you fall in love with happens to live right up the street from you, other times the person you fall in love with lives miles and miles away. Other times still, you get separated from the person you fall in love with because of the way life works out. Either way, because of the way life is, chances are you’ll be away from the one you love at some point at least for a little while and that time won’t be entirely easy.
They say distance makes the heart grow fonder and maybe that’s true but it doesn’t come without the ups and downs and the endless trials; the fails and successes and everything in between. Distance can truly make or break your relationship. While you can learn so much from being separated, sometimes the distance really does weigh on your relationship but it is important to always remember that there are pros and cons to being long distance.
- Long distance relationships teach you how to be patient with the other person.
- You can truly understand trust better. You put all of your faith and trust in this other person and firmly believe that they will not betray you in any way.
- You understand that compared to Skype or FaceTime, texting is not awesome. Texting makes it harder to communicate your tone and sometimes texting makes it easier for miscommunication to happen.
- Long distance relationships teach you a lot about how to be independent. You spend a lot more time by yourself which is great because you can discover what your interests are and try new things in the time spent apart. This is a great part of long distance because it gives your more to talk about with your partner.
- You learn how to effectively plan for the future when you are in a long distance relationship. When you want your relationship to to go somewhere and you want to have a future with your significant other, you have to plan for that future.
- Being in a long distance relationship teaches you how to let the little things go AND how to actually focus on the little things that actually worth paying attention too. Dedicating too much or too little attention to something can affect your relationship positively or negatively.
- A long distance relationship is a good way to learn if your relationship is something that you are willing to put time and effort and energy into. Having a distance between you and the person you love is the biggest test a relationship can undergo because through the distance you determine if you both feel ready to stay committed and dedicated to each other.
- Having something to look forward to can really keep you going. Some days are harder to get through than others but having something to look forward to whether it’s a specific date a few months away or a a few years away can really make all the difference.
- Finally, long distance teaches you that you don’t know what you’ve got until you don’t have it anymore. You learn to appreciate the time you spend with your significant other whenever you do get to spend time together.
Distance can truly make or break your relationship and taking on the distance is no miniature feat. While you can learn so much from being separated, sometimes the distance really does weigh on your relationship. If you and your loved one are long distance though, it is really important to always remember the positive aspects of your situation while still acknowledging that the negative aspects exist. It’s unhealthy to pretend that it’s either all gumdrops and rainbows or that it’s all bad.