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So, We Need to Talk: Long Distance Relationships

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Julianna Reel
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I’d like to talk about something that hits close to home for me- that is long distance relationships. Sure, some of us may have never experienced having someone close to us move away, yet, but at some point in time, I think we all experience this at least once in our life.

Recently, my boyfriend took a job in Houston, which means he will be moving away. I also have a best friend who moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was hard to see my best friend move, and now, I have to deal with the pain of having someone close to me move away again. I can’t help but mope.

If there is one thing that I know for certain, it is that moping and worrying won’t help. As I have mentioned in the last episode of So, We Need to Talk, no one likes to be around someone who is always negative. Though, I have to say, this is a tough habit to break. I find myself remembering the old times and reminiscing old memories.

I recently read an article on how to keep a long-distance relationship going. The most important tip was to trust one another. Although this article was directed towards boyfriends or girlfriends, I think that this rule can apply to friendships as well.

Trusting that you and your friend or partner have a special relationship or friendship with each other can go a long way. It is important to realize that there truly is a reason why you are friends or are together as a couple, and that there shouldn’t be any reason why the relationship or friendship should dissipate while one is away from the other. If the relationship or friendship fades away, then you must realize that it wasn’t meant to be. I totally understand that this is a hard fact to face, but it is essential to realize this in order to move on and to find someone who will keep in touch in the long run. You wouldn’t want to be with someone who is half-committed or to be best friends with someone who doesn’t even try, now would you?

Another thing to remember is that people are busy and it is sometimes hard to keep in touch. If that person is still willing to work on the friendship or the relationship, give them the benefit of the doubt and try your best as well. Please, don’t blow up his/her phone with endless texts. Not a good idea.

While it is tough, it can still be fun to have a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend who lives far away. It makes each visit special. And, on the plus side, you get to visit a new place! Try new things. Eat at new restaurants together. Go to museums. There is plenty of fun to be had.
Keep your chin up. Encourage each other. Laugh, text, call, send funny photos. Just make sure that you let that person know how much they mean to you, and be sure that they do the same.

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