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Long Distance Relationship
Tim and I met 2 1/2 years ago at a mutual friends house. We hit it off right away and it seemed like we'd known each other for years. We talked all night long and found out a lot about each other. I wasn't really looking for a relationship though, because I was planning on moving to South Carolina in 2 months but I couldn't help but like him - A LOT so I decided to see what might happen. It wasn't the long distance to South Carolina that scared me yet though - he lived 2 hours away from me so we had to figure out how we were going to get through that first! We talked on the phone every night and saw each other every weekend. We met each others family & friends very early on and things moved very fast for us because we both knew I was moving very soon. I think we wanted to squeeze in as much as possible before I left. The distance was very hard for us and we had some tough times but we got through it and decided we wanted to make things work.
As the time got closer for me to leave, I got really scared about the distance and was thinking it would never work so I broke up with him before I left. It broke his heart as well as mine and I knew as soon as I did it that I had made a mistake. I left and tried not to look back but I was devastated. As soon as I got there I called him and apologized and asked for him back. It took him awhile to come around but he finally did and I was so glad. That was the start of a LONG journey for us in our relationship. It was about 2 months before we saw eachother again. That time was so hard but somehow we got through it and I couldn't wait to see him. He flew down to visit me and it was amazing. We weren't officially back together yet so it was nerve racking but exciting. That was the trip that made me realize how much I loved him and I wanted to be with only him. When I took him to the airport we both cried so hard when we had to say goodbye.
I remember thinking that was one of the worst things I've experienced but I pulled myself together to prepare myself for the next couple of months again without him....This went on for a year - us seeing eachother every 2 or 3 months and having these bad goodbyes - it was horrible. I hated every second of it and I mostly sat in my apartment the whole time I was there either talking to him on the phone, fighting with him on the phone or moping around, missing him and wondering what he was doing. We fought often because we had no idea what the other person was really doing and we were just so frustrated that we couldn't be together. A lot of times it was a struggle to keep our relationship together but we loved each other and we knew we wanted it to work so somehow it did! Eventually, I became sick of living there so I decided to move back to my hometown in Michigan.
I didn't move to the town where he lived because I didn't feel ready for that so we did long distance AGAIN, traveling back and forth on the weekends to see eachother and talking on the phone every night in between. Even though I was back in Michigan, it was still horrible. The days I didn't see him were miserable. We argued a lot still because we missed each other and we questioned whether it was worth all of that but once again, we worked through it all and stayed together. After another year of the long distance, I decided to move in with him. It was the best feeling knowing I was going to finally be with him everyday! It was strange at first, getting used to being together everyday and working out things we'd never known about one another before but eventually we settled down and things are perfect. It's been 2 1/2 years now and we are still doing great. I love him so much! I just wanted to share my story for all of those that are still in long distance relationships and those that are having a really rough time because they really can and do work if you want them to. It is hard work and difficult but if you are both willing to do it, then you will be so happy in the end. =)
Kelly, Michigan, USA
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