Being in a long-distance relationship is sort of like being in a relationship with a ghost. You feel a strong connection with them, you know they are there for you and influence your life, but you just can’t physically feel or touch them all the time.

But it’s a little more complicated than that. It’s hard to explain to someone who has never been in a long-distance relationship what it’s like. So of course I understand when people are curious and ask questions. However, I am so sick of people asking me the same questions all the time. If they actually put some thought into what they were asking, well, then, maybe they wouldn’t have to ask. But the worst is when people think it’s OK to comment on my love life like it’s any of their business.

Here are eight things I’m sure we’re all tired of hearing.

Do you miss them?

Well, duh! Of course I miss the love of my life when they are a thousand miles away. Longing is one of the main components of a long-distance relationship. In my opinion, it should also be one of the main components of any healthy relationship.

Aren’t you worried that they might cheat?

Cheating is just as easy to do a thousand miles away as it is when you live in the same house. Distance has no bearing on cheating. And, quite frankly, no.  My relationship relies heavily on trust, and I make the choice to trust my partner no matter if they are right next to me or miles away.

Why don’t you just move in together or get married?

Obviously, one day I plan to close the distance and possibly get married. That, hopefully, would  be the end goal of any relationship; however, I don’t think anyone really plans on being in a long-distance relationship. You’ve made a life for yourself: a home, a job, school, friends. It’s a lot easier said than done to just pack up all of your stuff and leave your life behind. It’s even harder to ask someone else to do the same.

So, are you actually serious?

I don’t think I would wait this long to see someone if I wasn’t serious. Besides that, just using them for sex would be rather difficult, now wouldn’t it?

Oh, my gosh, I’m so sorry! That must be terrible!

Oh, so having a best friend that doubles as my significant other is terrible, huh? Being in love is just treacherous, isn’t it? Long-distance relationships can be difficult, yes, but loving my significant other is the easiest thing I have ever done.

Aren’t you lonely all the time?

Nope. I have a family. I have friends. I have a dog. Not lonely.

How can you have a real relationship? You don’t even see each other.

In my opinion, this one is the worst question. No relationship should ever be based off of physical aspects. I still communicate with my significant other, I still share my life with them and I still get to physically see him every couple of months. My relationship has not degraded or is any less of a relationship because we don’t see each other every day, thank you very much.

Is being in a long distance relationship even worth it?

Is being with the love of your life worth it? Question answered.

Written by Breanne Somach
Breanne has been writing and snapping photos ever since she can remember. She is studying at Columbia College in Chicago to be a journalist and photographer. Her boyfriend, Taylor, is in the U.S. Navy. She writes about their long-distance relationship on her website, hisfirstmate.com.

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