Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Long-Distance Relationship:

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is trudging along at University whilst trying to manage a long-distance relationship. After being with my significant other for over 5 years (the last 2 and a half of those being at University) we do whatever we can to shelter our relationship and make the long distance work.

Chris, the boyfriend, goes to Newcastle University and therefore lives 299 miles away from me. Or, the equivalent to 4 hours 55 in the car, 5 hours on trains, 8 hours on buses or (and just for the hell of it) 31 hours cycling. There’s no point putting the amount of time for walking on there, I’m no Vanessa Carlton – “I’d walk a thousand miles if I could just see you tonight.”

For a long time Chris and I were unable to Skype because of bad internet connection (a common problem for us poor students) and neither of us have many monthly minutes on our phone plans which basically means that texting was our way of staying connected. For most of my second year I had a relationship with my inbox, not very healthy at all.

But one thing I have learned from a long distance relationship; is how important our time is when we do get to spend it together. It’s true; absence does make the heart grow fonder.
In our last year we are now looking forward to a future where we live in, at least, the same region of the country as each other.

If you are reading this and are currently in a long-distance relationship then my advice is to push through it and stay strong because it gets easier and it’s 100% worth it in the end – what you’re left with is a rock solid bond that can’t be touched by anything.

Feeling good