Surviving Long-Distance Relationship: 5 Philosophies That Help Me Through It All

Surviving Long-Distance Relationship: 5 Philosophies That Help Me Through It All

Why do we bother pursuing an intimate relationship in which a large portion of it is spent away from one another, with no physical contact for however many days, weeks, months?

Brittany Maylyn Du Bois

I am in a long-distance relationship.

I know. Why the heck would I do such a thing? I’m young. Just in my twenties. In my “prime” (whatever that means). Why would I commit to something that could potentially hurt me or “hold me back.”

Let’s pause for a moment, and allow me to explain my situation.

Hi. My name is Brittany. I reside in the U.S., happily on the humid east coast. My partner lives on the other side of the ocean, in a completely different time zone and a completely different country: France. Our friends and colleagues are often taken aback when they find out that we’re long-distance, and we always get that same cursed question: why?

Insensitivity aside, they do have a point. Why do we bother pursuing an intimate relationship in which a large portion of it is spent away from one another, with no physical contact for however many days, weeks, months?

Well, let me tell you. It’s the same reason why one would be in an emotionally intimate close-distance relationship: love.

And while every couple has their own way of coping with the circumstances of their relationship, I am here to tell you that there are several important things you need to remember to make the most of your long-distance relationship. Whether you are three hours away and visit each other every month, or you require an 8-hour plane ride that you can afford just for the holidays to see them — what I’m about to tell you translates across any type of healthy relationship, because whatever the distance, these lessons should be at the very foundation of your togetherness.

So, without further ado, here are 5 philosophies that have been helping me survive (and thrive) in my long-distance journey. „Surviving Long-Distance Relationship: 5 Philosophies That Help Me Through It All“ weiterlesen