For the majority of the time that my other half and I have been together, we were physically apart. Many friends indeed question how we managed to keep things going for so long.
I never really gave it much thought, but I do feel that it boils down to several factors.
1. Selfless love
If you love a person selflessly, then you can make it work regardless of the circumstances. A good example is the relationship we have with our parents. That to me would be the pinnacle of selfless love, where they will support you no matter what you want to do and where you may be. This is the level of love both parties need to have for each other, in order for the distance to make it work.
2. Make time for each other and communicate
We are lucky to live in an era where communication tools are efficient, convenient and fast. Make time for each other no matter how busy you are. A quick call before you sleep, or if you are living in different time zones (we were for 5 years), a mutually friendly time to call each other.
Arrange holidays together periodically and enjoy each other’s company.
3. Remember, you are partners who complement each other, not possessive beings who want to control each other
Sounds quite unbelievable given that the popular notion is if you are together you stay together and do everything together (right?). Well as a staunch believer of the concept that our lives are leased and we all have to go someday, no one really belongs to anybody. We don’t even technically belong to our parents, they raise us and we retain the prerogative to pursue our life goals etc. I am lucky enough to have a soulmate who sees eye to eye with me on this. When we are together, we make the most out of it. When we are apart, we make the most out of what we are doing so that the next time we meet, we can share experiences with each other.
4. Learn to enjoy your own company
I have never had a problem with enjoying my own company. Don’t get me wrong- I love talking to people and learning about their experiences etc, but am equally at ease spending weekends on my own. As I grow older, the likelihood of me feeling sorry for myself has diminished. Can’t say I am not enjoying this transition.
5. Trust each other
This goes without saying of course.
And last but not least, think about the odds of you finding someone in your life who really makes you feel that each day is worth living. Not everyone has that. So treasure what you have and even if you are far from each other, you are never truly apart.