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Benjamin Franklin once stated, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except for death and taxes.” Let me share with you another inevitability. If you’re ever in a long-distance relationship (LDR), at least one person will smugly inform you that it’ll only break your heart. They’ll quote the same tired statistics about breakup rates, tell you that long-distance relationships foster remoteness between couples, and caution you about cheating. However, long-distance relationships can last if they’re meant to be.
As someone who’s currently in an LDR, I can easily rattle off an interminable list of downsides. But I’m a glass-half-full kind of girl, and I appreciate the positive aspects of an LDR, too. First, it takes the physical element out of a relationship. Rather than being able to constantly touch your significant other, you have to make do with meeting up every few months. You can’t have a relationship based simply on sensuality because there simply isn’t enough to sustain it. You are forced to create something deeper and more meaningful than simply skin-to-skin contact. Second, it makes you a better communicator. Without the ability to really talk to your partner, any kind of relationship won’t last. In an LDR, you don’t always have the chance to look your significant other in the eye and tell them that you love them. Instead, you show your affection and intimacy through long conversations and heart-to-hearts. You discover new things about each other, share the highs and lows of your days, and create inside jokes together. Third, it makes you confront the old green-eyed monster. I won’t say that this was easy for me, since I’m a naturally jealous person. Knowing that someone is hundreds of miles away from you can open up some pretty crazy fantasies. Here, trust …