This is something I’ve wanted to write about for like, ever. Plus, there are some pretty cool pictures from my last trip for you all!
I figured the timing is right to get this up on the blog, because I just kissed my guy goodbye for a 6-month deployment. So she does… REALLY long-distance. The feels, alllllllll the feels are coming out!
There actually are a few reasons as to why I wanted to write this. One, because I had absolutely no idea how many others are in the same shoes I am in until I began my LDR(long distance relationship) Two, because I know college season is around the corner and some of our college followers may be uneasy about saying “see you later” to their hometown people as they continue in their future endeavors. Three, I just wanted to share my heart with you all today!
Lets begin. This all began a little over a year ago for me. It’s been one whirlwind of a year let me tell you. However, I am so unbelievably thankful for my guy and my long-distance relationship with him.
There he is! That’s like our first picture ever, by the way!
I’ll tell you a little bit about us to get the warm and fuzzies out.
We grew up in the same neighborhood where he played drums in a band and had long hair. I was awkward and had braces. I moved out of the neighborhood and we reconnected on social media. He asked me out on a date, then went 5,000 miles away! Whew, what a story?
At first, I was unsure. I can actually speak on his behalf and say we definitely both were. Now, I tell people he’s the person I want in a rocking chair beside mine when we’re 95 years old, and I won’t have it any other way (sorry babe, you’re stuck with me).
Some people are like “...what?!” *Cue blank stare* when I tell them I’m in a long distance relationship, but let me tell you this – it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Yes, we see each other when we have the chance. Yes, we talk every day. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, the 10-hour flight is not ideal. Yes, I miss him every day. Yes, I do cry randomly. No, I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in this entire world.
Those are just some of the answers I find myself explaining more often than not.
You see, at a young age (listen up, my people heading off to college) you have the entire world in your palms. It’s awesome to do it with someone by your side, but you know what’s awesome, too? Doing it alone, but having a rock to lean on.
I wake up every morning knowing that I have the best support system cheering me on from 5,000 miles away, and some days that’s honestly what gets me through.
Being in a long-distance relationship calls for a lot of strength, but there is opportunity to learn SO much from it. You learn how to grow individually, do things on your own and how to depend on yourself (all those things I believe are extremely important). We live, we love and we learn. We then bring it all to the table when we are together, and it’s amazing.
If I got to call the shots, he would be home and by my side every day. Right now, I know that is not the circumstance at least for a while. I know that one day, he will be by my side every day and one day he will be home for all the holidays and never have to miss anything, but for now, I just have to deal and grow from it.
A major plus is I get to make memories with him that we will bring up when we’re 95 in those rocking chairs. One day, we will look back at this long-distance relationship and laugh about it. We will talk about the times we got to go skiing in Germany, frantically maneuvered the underground in London, hung with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, looked up at Big Ben in London, toured King Henry VIII’s Palace, walked Wimbledon tennis courts where the most noble tennis players in the world have played, zip lined through the Smokey Mountains and road tripped together. All of these things were done on trips to spend time with each other, and we most likely would not have experienced them if we were not in a LDR! Positivity, see?
I was happy with myself before I met him, but now I couldn’t picture my life without him.
At a young age, especially in college, a long-distance relationship is hard. It’s scary to think about, you are probably unsure of what might happen which is completely normal. I promise, if you put fourth the effort and meet in the middle, it will work. It will work out, and you will be a part of something so amazing you wont even be able to wrap your brain around it like I am.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
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