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Long Distance Relationship
I met my current boyfriend the day after I graduated high school. I was not really looking for a boyfriend at all because I was leaving for college in about 2 and half months. I just wanted to have one last fun summer with my friends. We met at my friend's graduation party and were immediately attracted to each other.
We flirted all night. We ended up exchanging phone numbers and began seeing each other. Our friends kept telling us to make it a realtionship, but I was leaving for a school of 45,000 people in a month. We were both thinking the same thing, there has to be someone, if not a few hundred people, in that 45,000 that I would also be interested in. Then it happened one night, he told me he loved me. I was in shock. We didn't know what to do but in the end we decided to give it a try.
My school was only an hour and half away, it couldn't be that hard. Were we ever wrong! I was only 18 and he had just turned 20, we were pretty immature and really weren't ready for this kind of commitment. Well I couldn't have a car on campus my first year, so he came to see me all the time. It became really stressful and expensive trying to see each other so often. We argued about insignificant things, petty things. We had countless conversations about trust issues that led to us to almost completely not trusting one another. We even decided to separate for a while, to see what it was like without one another, but that didn't work because all we did was miss each other.
I wanted to be with my new found friends and see him and he wanted to be with his friends from home and me, but it didn't work that way. We spent more money than we should have on long distance phone calls and trips only to argue about how much we spent. But when it came down to it, we loved each other and it was worth it.
Now two and a half years later we have both grown up a lot. We've realized that we don't have to see each other every weekend, that we need time to be with or friends too. We expect to have to spend money to be able to see each other. But because I have been living in another city for so long, the distance seems further because my life (excpet for him and my family) is here and his life is in the town I grew up in. He doesn't know many of my friends because he's only here about once a month and I don't know his friends very well because I'm only traveling to my parents about once a month, if that.
Social situations have become difficult and awkward because niether one of us is ever truly comfortable at the same time unless it is just the two of us. And at then end of this year he will transfer schools and is moving further away, about a 5 hour drive to the opposite side end of the state.
Now that we have grown so accustomed to how our relationship works with only seeing each other on holiday breaks and occasional weekends, the distance will get further and we will have to adjust again. So we will make it work because we love each other and when it comes down to it, that's all that really matters.
Shelly, East Lansing, MI, USA
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