Here is the second round of interviews from today’s Fix My Relationship series…
Click here to read the previous post/interviews, if you missed this earlier.
He relocated for college a few years before me, and I joined him. Higher education was necessary for him. He went to grad school. I also moved to another state to begin college. I was never unfaithful. But I was fearful that he would cheat on me, because we weren’t together. Trust was our biggest challenge. I knew in my heart that he was probably unfaithful, but I still ignored this gut feeling because I loved him so much. We did not physically see one another often, but we would always be communicating. We Skyped, texted, and spoke on the phone very frequently. We were able to visit one another once every 2 months if we were lucky.
Advice: Our relationship was built on a solid foundation of friendship, so that kept me going. If you truly care about the person, then do whatever it takes to make this work.
Interview #2 Shana (wanted a shout out lol)
We knew one another for a few months before entering into a long distance relationship. I went away for school briefly, while in this relationship. I didn’t know what I was doing. I came back home after the first semester away, because I missed him. I was in a bad mind-set at that time. I probably would have stayed away at school longer if I wasn’t dating him. I have never, and will never cheat on anyone. I’m in it for the long haul. I do what I can to try to make my relationships work, because this is what I want. I would rather end the relationship than cheat. The biggest challenge, was not seeing one another often. It is very hard to develop something more if you don’t see them.
You also need to know how they are in person, and this may be less likely to happen with long distance. Sex isn’t my top priority. I’m more concerned about learning how to resolve our issues. What happens if we disagree? This is something that we had to constantly work on. It was harder to talk on the phone about these disagreements. We spoke constantly via video chat, even though it kept freezing lol. We visited one another once that month, and were still getting to know each other.
Advice: Compromise!! Make sure they’re worth it (good convos, do we argue, willing to see one another). Google “advice” on long distance relationship for tips, to help make the most of the time you have with one another. Make it fun!! Video chatting is a must. People are afraid to take risks…but, step out on faith. New experiences make your life better. If you’re unhappy, then you need to move on, and that’s still ok. People are also afraid to be by themselves…and unfortunatley they jump into any relationship. Work on yourself when you have that time away from your significant other, until you are able to be together again.
Long distance relationships are tough. When I first got into my relationship 13 years ago it was long distance. He was in college away and I was home. We knew it would be long distance to start and it actually made us stronger being away. When we would see one another we rarely argued since we were so happy to be spending time together. We usually saw each other once a month for the first year of our relationship. We have had moments where our relationship was long distance again but for shorter periods between 2-4 months. Neither of us were tempted to cheat during our long distance period and I think that is largely due to missing one another and having great times when we could be together.
I will say that long distance is very hard, but feasible and sometimes can make your relationship stronger. As they say absence makes the heart grow fonder! It can also harm the relationship because you get used to always having great moments that when you see one another daily the smaller arguments get frustrating because you think back to when you didn’t argue, because all your time was spent doing fun things.
Advice: Be clear about your expectations. Dating long distance also sets expectations that when you are long distance, when you do spend time together you tend to have sex more during that short visit that normally wouldn’t occur if spending time daily with one another. All in all it can work if both parties want it to.
*End of Interviews*
Thanks for joining me today! Doors are open for feedback. Would you date long distance? Have you ever experienced this? Would you try this again? Please share your success, struggles, never look back stories and teachable moments for others…Let’s talk about it!