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6 Things I Learned from Being in a Long Distance Relationship
Vern Enciso
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Being in a long distance relationship is hard because it requires a little more of everything: more effort, more time, and more money. It’s even more difficult if you and your partner live in different time zones. If you’re not willing to adjust, chances are things are not going to work out.

Couples in LDRs don’t get to do a lot of things like couples in normal situations, but that’s not always a bad thing. I am currently in a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend and despite the distance, I am still having the time of my life.

Here are six reasons why:

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1. I learned to appreciate the little things.
Being in an LDR gives you a different perspective on relationships and makes you appreciate all the things that your partner does. A good morning text will instantly make your day; a FaceTime call will put a smile on your face; a picture of what he’s doing or where he is assurance. Because you get to learn to appreciate the little things, it’s easier to see past the small things that normal couples usually fight about.

2. Patience is a virtue.
You must be very patient and understanding. Imagine having to wait at least two weeks before the next date. Thankfully technology has made it a little easier to stay in touch. Skype and FaceTime dates are the way to go!

3. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
The honeymoon stage will last longer. Because you’re apart for long periods of time, seeing your partner always feels like you’re meeting for the very first time all over again. Every minute counts when you’re together. You sacrifice little things like sleep and bathroom breaks because you want to spend every waking moment together. You’ll get butterflies in your stomach every time you see his name on your screen. You’ll feel jittery and nervous every time you fetch him in the airport.

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4. Your cheesy side will be revealed.
Even if you’re not a hopeless romantic by nature, you’ll end up doing or saying extra sweet things to each other. Since you can’t always physically express yourself, LDRs make you go the extra mile. Romantic gestures will be grander, text messages will be longer, and phone calls will be sweeter.

5. Every moment you spend together is an adventure.
To make up for lost time, you put more thought into planning your dates and vacations together. Squeezing in six months’ worth of coupley things into two months is not easy, but you do it anyway because you know it will be worth it in the end.

6. It’s easier to have a life outside your relationship.
This can be a problem for many couples. When you get sucked into a relationship bubble, you tend to forget other aspects of your life. But because of the physical distance from your partner, you have more time to do other things like hang out with your friends and family, enjoy your alone time, and focus on your career. These things are also good distractions when you miss your SO.

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