Recently, a friend asked if I could write about long distance relationships. “Why?” I asked.
“Because I’m about to be in one,” she said.
It took me a while to start writing this post. Cumulatively, I’ve been in over five years of medium-to-long distance relationships, so I’ve got a lot of thoughts about how they function, why they work, and why they fail. But it’s a lot to sort through, and I didn’t know where to start. As I sat down to organize my thoughts, years and years of memories flooded back to me: emails from partners, fights over the phone, flowers in the mail, plane rides, train rights, car rides…The memory that struck me most, however, was the time I decided not to be in a long distance relationship.