Now that the end of August is rolling around, the best summer of my life spent with my most wonderful boyfriend is coming to an end; which means our relationship is again becoming one that is long-distance.
Long distance relationships are often seen as crazy, or inspiring; depending on the person. Being that I am in one, I'm here to give advice, opinions, and ideas on the subject. My boyfriend and I began our relationship long-distance (732 miles apart to be specific). While I go to school in Nashville, TN and he works in Tampa, FL, we are apart more than we are together, but it doesn't matter. We found ourselves caring for one another so much that there was nothing else we could do except be together, regardless of how far apart we may be. This is something that takes effort, love, and trust, and cannot function without all three of those factors.
What do we do while we're apart? We text, call, and FaceTime quite often. Some may feel as though FaceTime is no different than a phone call, but I beg to differ. There's nothing like putting a smile to his laugh and seeing his expressions and reactions when he talks rather than just hearing is voice (which is also nice when FaceTime isn't available). Along with these more regular things, a fun occasional thing to do is send a care package. These range from containing clothes to candy to photos to small trinkets, and almost always have handwritten notes. These are special little gifts to show you care enough to take some time and put something personal together. If you want ideas that you can personalise, check out Pinterest and search what you're interested in. There are lots of cute and unique ideas!
There is one thing that makes this relationship different than anything I've ever experienced before, though, and that is immense support. Outside of my family, I've never felt so much love and support from anyone. Whether we're together or apart, we share our goals and dreams and are constantly supporting each other. I know I will always get an honest opinion from him, and I'm not afraid to be vulnerable because I know I'm always supported.
There's no feeling like how I feel when I'm with him, and it's that alone that makes the long distance worth it. I've never felt more myself around anyone and I can't wait until we don't have to part any longer.