Anyone who has been in a long distance relationship knows that it’s reallyyyy damn hard. I never thought the cliche story of meeting a foreign stranger and falling in love would happen to me, let alone getting into a long distance relationship that has lasted five years, but hey I guess life’s a movie!
Today, I’m sharing something quite personal. You may know me as the girl who writes travel content, so this seems like a digression to my usual posts. But I’ve always credited traveling for leading me to my boyfriend and making happen this beautiful relationship that I cherish so much, however difficult it is. Sorry for all the cheesiness.
To make my story short, 5 year ago, I met my boyfriend Alan while studying abroad in Australia. (One month before I was supposed to go back to Canada!) We felt an amazing connection and grew more attached each day. So being two crazy kids, we decided that we are going make it work! If you’ve ever seen the “Going the Distance” movie with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, yes pretty sure their idea was inspired by our story.
So we have lived the long distance relationship life for the last couple of years. Millions of messages, thousands of phone calls, many many airport reunions, and many more tearful goodbyes…While it’s been super hard, we understand that we both have dreams to chase right now, and always try to support each other.
Last year, I drew a comic series depicting what our relationship is like, as Valentine’s present for Alan. To my surprise, the series quickly went viral on the internet. Comments poured in from everywhere and people contacted me to say how much they can relate to the ups and downs of LDR shown in the illustrations. The series was translated in to many languages and shared in different countries. Alan and I were really shocked and touched by the responses.
Today, I’m re-sharing this story. Thank you everyone once again for your kind message. Please take time to enjoy this comic series.
(To read the story in other languages, please find the links on the bottom of the page)
What It’s Like to be In a Long Distance Relationship
Constantly missing your loved one
Birthdays and holidays are especially hard
Poor internet connections drive you insane on the regular
But you know it’s worth it, because talking to them makes your day
Sometimes, random things trigger up memories of them that make you smile (or cry…)
Going to see each other is not easy
But when you manage to put together a plan, it’s the most exciting thing in the world!
Counting down the days becomes your favorite activity and gives you a daily jolt of happiness
The day you get to go to the airport is the best day ever!
When you finally see that special someone, no words can describe your joy!
Having been apart makes you appreciate every moment you have together
Everything is so comfortable that sometimes it feels like you were never apart
The night before they have to leave again is the toughest…
But it’s ok because you know that distance means so little when someone means so much
Until you see each other again soon!
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