Why long-distance relationships are so hard yet so worth it

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Connecting hearts. Photo: Supplied: SheKnows

I have been in a long-distance relationship for almost four years. At the beginning, I did not know what to expect. My boyfriend had received an offer from Queensland University of Technology and I decided to do my Bachelor degree in Melbourne.

I got a lot of grief from my family and friends who didn’t think I could follow through with a commitment of this magnitude.

“Long distance is impossible!” they said. “How are you going to make it work?” they asked. I knew deep down in my heart that no matter how far we were apart, it would be worth it at the end. Here is why:

Every time you are together, it is more special than ever.

Couple reunited at airport. Photo: Supplied by Pinterest.

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “A day of separation seems as long as three autumns.” Just try to imagine seeing your other half after thousands of autumns, how excited you would be!

The time is so precious when you are able to spend it together, you will not take it for granted. 

My boyfriend and I used to argue quite often before we came to Australia. Now, we are not going to fight over little things when we are reunited because we both know it’s not worth it. 

You get the opportunity to discover new places. 

One thing I love being in a long-distance relationship is I can explore the new territory where my boyfriend is living.

Every time I go to Queensland, also known as the “Sunshine State”, we go to a different beach. We never get bored because all of them are so stunning! 

Some space in a relationship can keep things interesting and fresh.

Everyone needs space. It allows you to have some quality “me time” and also enjoy time with friends.

Being able to engage in outside interests is a good way to develop a stronger sense of self, which leads to the discovery of one’s desires and dreams. This is important because it fosters trust and communication between partners.

Most importantly, one day you will be together forever.

When two people are meant for each other, no time is too long, no distance is too far, and no-one can ever tear them apart.

Couple living together. Photo: Supplied by Jacaranda FM.

If two hearts are meant to be together, no matter how long it takes, how far they go, how tough it seems, fate will bring them together to share their love forever.

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VANESSA CHAN
I am Vanessa Chan and I am an international student from Hong Kong. I am in my third year of my Journalism degree at Deakin University and I want to get in radio broadcasting after graduating. I completed my high school at Victoria College Belfast which is a grammar school in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After completing high school, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone a little bit so I decided to do my Bachelor degree in Melbourne where I had never been to and no friends and relatives. Thankfully, I have met a lot of good people in Melbourne and now I am in love with this place. Studying Journalism at Deakin University gives me the academic and professional capabilities needed for a career in Journalism. I have also learnt how to work across all media platforms which can help me to pursue my dream to work in radio broadcasting.

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