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Long distance relationships come with their own unique challenges, and I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here's what I learned surviving it all. At least he comes to my house every day. Long-distance relationships suck. I get it. All three of my ificant relationships have involved long distance in some way. As a young man who was terrified of any sort of commitment, I found that I could only allow myself to fall for a girl if she was at least miles away. The second time, we both agreed that our lives were taking us to different parts of the world and we were probably better off letting it go —we then struggled to, you know, actually let go for another year, and it sucked.
The third time, and perhaps because we had both done this before, we immediately made plans to end the distance as soon as possible six monthsand then made the appropriate sacrifices to do so. One of the things that kill long-distance relationships is the constant underlying uncertainty of everything. The longer you are apart, the more these uncertainties can grow into legitimate existential crises. Usually, this will be the next time you are both able to see each other. The minute you stop having some milestone to look forward to, the harder it will be to maintain the same enthusiasm for, and optimism in, each other.
And growth is even more crucial in a long-distance Dating a man with a long distance girlfriend. You must have some cause that unites you at all times. There has to be a converging trajectory on the horizon. Otherwise, you will inevitably drift apart.
This can manifest itself in various ways within a long-distance relationship. In some cases, people get insanely jealous or irrationally possessive because they perceive every casual social outing as potentially threatening to a relationship. Are you hiding something from me? In other cases, people become overly critical and neurotic to the point where every small thing that goes wrong is a potential end to the relationship. Or, some go the opposite direction and start idealizing their partner as being perfect. All of these irrational fantasies are unhelpful. A lot of long-distance couples create rules that they should have X of calls or that they need to talk every night at a certain time.
You can easily find articles online recommending this sort of behavior. You should talk to each other when you want to, not because you have to. And if that means going a couple of days without communicating, then so be it. People get busy, after all.
And periodically having a few days to yourself is actually pretty healthy. Welcome to every shitty marriage ever. This uninspired, filler-filled kind of communication often creates more problems than it solves. If your partner seems more interested in his tax returns than catching up with your day, chances are you should just hang up and try again tomorrow.
There is such a thing as overexposure.
The second problem that can come from forcing communication is that one or both people can begin to resent feeling obligated to connect. The best way to avoid this mistake is to make all communication optional, meaning that both of you can opt out at any time. The trick is to not take these opt-outs personally when they happen—after all, your partner is not your slave. If your partner spontaneously feels as though she only wants to talk a few times a week instead of a few times a day, that is both the cause AND the effect of her feeling more distant.
That is worth talking about and being honest about. A long-distance relationship cannot survive without hope. And for there to be hope, there must be some possibility that the two people involved will one day be together and achieve a Happily Ever After TM. Without that shared vision of Happily Ever After, everything else will quickly begin to feel meaningless. Remember, love is not enough. You both need to have life visions that are aligned, shared valuesand mutual interests. In my second relationship, my girlfriend took a job working in Africa.
Meanwhile, I toiled away in the US trying to get my first internet business off the ground. All hope for making it work was killed by circumstance and we soon broke up. We began dating Dating a man with a long distance girlfriend I was living in Brazil in I left after a few months and we kept in touch.
Six months later, I made the commitment to move back down to Brazil and stay there with her until we could figure out a long-term plan. Long-distance relationships can only work if both partners put their money where their genitals are. OK, that sounded weird. Is it worth it?
This is the question I get most often from readers. Because even if the relationship goes down in flames, you will have learned a lot about yourself, about intimacy, and about commitment. Distance prevents this constricted intimacy from ever forming in a meaningful way.
Can it work? Yes, it can. Does it work? Usually, no. Relationships can be complicated and difficult. But few people know that there are some pretty clear als to know if a relationship is going to work or not.
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