Staying connected

18 Jul

When people find out I’m in a long-distance relationship (and have been for a while), they like to ask  how we make our relationship work. My answer is we talk every day. I know, I know –  it’s a no-brainer. But just like any relationship, we put in the effort to communicate with each other.

Our favorite app is WhatsApp, which enables you to message (text) for free. We message each other a couple of times a day just to see what the other person is up to.

I send pictures like this:

And he sends me pictures of his dinner (with his awful phone camera):

Yes, I get it’s silly, but when you never see the other person things like this help you feel connected.

Every night we talk during my drive home to catch up on each other’s day. The time difference is six hours so if Sebastian is tired, the call is short. But it really doesn’t matter how long the call is, the point is we always talk.

We also try to Skype for a couple of hours on the weekends. You probably think we’d run out of things to talk about, but we haven’t yet. We laugh, tell jokes, share videos and articles, talk about our upcoming trips and future goals, and before we know it, three hours have gone by.

Regardless of how often or how long we talk, I think we’ve made it through because we truly care about each other, and we do our best to let the other person know it. Whether it’s sending a quick message to say hey, sending a letter in the mail or staying up late to talk on the phone.

I’m curious though, how do you stay connected in your relationships? I know it’s sometimes easy to take the other person for granted. How do you show you still care?

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