Are Long-Distance Relationships Worth It?

Let’s face it, relationships aren’t easy. They require commitment, trust, loyalty, compromise and so much more. If someone is in a relationship, they need to take proactive steps to make that relationship work. 

That being said, they’re equally fruitful. 

The intimacy, comfort, physical nearness, availability, and romance is incomparable. But what happens when one can’t enjoy these things? For instance, being able to only enjoy at a distance due to living in different locations?

There are many reasons why couples have to move away from each other – some move to different cities, states, and even countries for school and work. In such cases, they face a tough question: “is a long-distance relationship worth it?”

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Couples who are in a long-distance relationship find themselves in a myriad of emotions and situations that they don’t know how to react. For instance, the reliability of a digital connection is heavily underrated. A laptop or a phone ends up becoming the third person in a relationship because that’s the only way couples can interact with each other.

Speaking of interaction, the longing for physical intimacy is something that many couples struggle with and is one of the main causes of concern in such relationships. When a couple is in a long-distance relationship, they start to value time. Being miles apart requires making time for each other as and when possible and what little time that is spent “together” becomes the most valuable. 

In other words, there’s a lot of emotional commitment that goes into maintaining a long-distance relationship. There will be some milestones that won’t be celebrated together, anniversaries, birthdays, the good and the bad. However, it’s worth noting that those who are in long-distance relationships tend to go the extra mile to make the most of their moments. 

If a relationship can survive a long-distance relationship, it is a testament to the commitment and the bond shared by the couple. The distance is often temporary, it’s a matter of months or years, however, when it does end, there’s a sense of relief and sureness that a couple experiences. 

Every relationship is different and every person is different. In the end, it comes down to what they want from their future, both individually and together as a couple. Deciding whether or not a long-distance relationship is worth it is highly subjective and in the end, it’s about finding happiness and stability.