Not even a week had passed since moving across the country before the curiosity kicked in, “How’s long-distance treating you?” friends and family pried. “It’s going great!” I’d respond with a blind hope, convinced that 2,777 miles had nothing on my relationship. I mean, if Lily Collins and Sam Claflin could make it work living on separate continents in Love Rosie, then surely a single continent relationship would be a piece of cake…no?
While the months chipped away, so did (what felt like) the foundation of our LDR. Arguments ensued, tears flowed and the distance between us, once just an idea, now felt palpable. I didn’t want a one-syllable answer when I asked, “How was work today?” I wanted the whole enchilada gosh darnit! No amount of “Oh, that’s going to be tough” could have prepared me for the rollercoaster I strapped myself into.
Finally reaching a rewarding state where we’ve figured out what works for us, I’ve realized that there are several things I wish I knew about LDRs. From bouts of loneliness to jealousy, here are four things no one tell you about long-distance relationships that I learned the hard way.