Long-distance relationships are tough. This is not only due to the loneliness, but also because the distance forces you to understand the value and essence of a relationship.
I have come to be stronger emotionally anytime my other half is away. I can tell you this from experience: being in a long-distance relationship can bring out the strength in your relationship. Here are 14 reasons why a long-distance relationship could actually help in securing your relationship.
1. You have a stronger sense of trust
A relationship without trust is not a relationship. There are always voices in your head screaming doubt and insecurities. But if you can survive the torturous moments of not being with your partner physically, and still believe that they are yours, then you have a relationship that is built on something solid.
2. You value communication
You may have looked down on communication previously. But now you know what communication means. It speaks volumes awakens you to the authenticity of the relationship.
3. You appreciate your partner more
Suddenly, the memories you have with your partner, the ones that you can appreciate and hold on to, are even more important. Everything that connects you with your partner becomes something you always want to hold on to.
4. You value their return
Nothing can make you as excited or as expectant as seeing them again. And when you do see them, they are gold. It is like they are the most precious being on earth.
5. You can find freedom in being independent
You learn to do things alone. You can secure your own identity rather than having your happiness dependent on your other half. You also experience the freedom of pursuing the things you always wanted to do alone.
6. You can discover yourself
Now you can experience some “me” time. You can learn to love and discover yourself. Rather than get lost in a relationship, you can get lost in yourself.
7. You can do more talking
Without the physical affection, you can focus on the words you share with your partner. You can be more expressive on the phone and say everything you never thought you would say when you met in person — yes, including the more embarrassing stuff.
8. You can start making plans together
Now the relationship is real and you can figure out where you are going with it. You are either in or out. You have some time to answer all the questions that need to be answered.
9. You can deal with your problems
Rather than hide your problems with sex or expend your energy in other ways, you can deal with them by focusing on them and figuring things out together.
10. You become more creative
You become more imaginative and more conscious of pleasing your partner in other ways, rather than just through physical signs of affection.
11. You have some kind of emotional intimacy
You can feel your partner and emotionally connect with them. It is about the emotions and the sensation that is attached to trying to be with them and please them — it doesn’t have to be all about the physical.
12. You get lost in the days
It is not about the touches but about the hours and the moments of separation. It makes you discover and appreciate time more.
13. You value surprises and gifts
Whatever you can send in terms of objects or affection will be appreciated. You want to give to the other person and show them how much you care. Gifts and surprises are now suddenly worth more than a thousand words.
14. You become more poetic
You may not have understood the significance of words until now. You suddenly become more poetic and understand the true value of words. You can try to penetrate your partner’s heart by using this newfound way with words.
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