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Maintaining Relationships Over Long Distances

Maintaining Relationships Over Long Distances

Last night, I had a conversation with a friend about the extent to which our global society has drawn friends and family members to cities thousands of miles apart.  The opportunities to live and work in cities around the world were not as prevalent in the past, and they open up exciting possibilities.  However, they also make it more difficult to maintain relationships.  How do we nurture relationships in an age in which our closest loved ones are likely to be scattered around the globe?

My fiancé and I have reasons that we’d love to live both on the east coast and the west coast.  Either way, we will find ourselves living close to certain loved ones but three thousand miles away from others.  So whatever decision we make, we will have to work hard to maintain some of our relationships.

As difficult as this sounds, I am confident that we will be able to stay in touch with those we are closest to.  Some relationships might be more difficult to maintain, and that is not easy to accept.  But with our dearest loved ones, it comes down to being there for them emotionally.  Calling them to let them know they are on our minds and, whenever possible, trying to see them in person.  Love and support are the most important aspects of any close relationship and, difficult as it may be, it is possible to provide those things from afar.

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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11:29AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

noted

11:23AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

long distance relationships r the best!

8:27AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

I agree.

11:54AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

I like to contradict you - global society has made it not more difficult to keep up relationships - internet, email, skype and telephone enable relations to partners of which many years ago you could only have dreamt of. Besides that almost all relations here in care 2 are long distance - what else do we need it for ? If we invited everybody personally in our homes, we should be all millionaires just to be able to cater for them.
Concerning your own relationship: Where there is a will, there is also a way.

8:37AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

I've had two long-distance relationships . . . tolerance and patience are required, as well as good communication, and an acknowledgement from each of the other's position...

6:16AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

noted.

6:15AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Communication

12:34AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

I agree with Tara B. As with all things in relationships, it depends on how much effort both of you are prepared to put in

11:49PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Friends and family can and are easier than a romantic interest over seas or a fiance overseas and living in another country where you dont touch but only speak for weeks on end. These two in the romantic relationship must have a lot of trust and thats difficult I am sure to maintain esp over either months or years. How can you really get to know someone when perhaps you have met them on line and never met nor dated except for a webcam. Better the romance be in the same state and country rather than one side of the world to the other. Hmmm yes. those are my words of wisdom. It just mostly doesnt work in the end.

8:30PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

I agree w/ Joe R. - "works with family and friends, hard for romance"

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