BY LENA KAZER
Let’s be honest: where the footnotes should be in this article there are animal gifs. Any sane person would recognize that I’m no expert, but I can still say with confidence that 75% of the time, long distance relationships are a bitch, every time. That said; they are 100% worth it when you’re in love with someone you intend to be with long term. This stream of advice will help you through the ups and downs of the dreaded LDR, so that someday you can take the coveted Eiffel Tower Proposal Selfie and live happily ever after.
1. Saying goodbye sucks, but distance is doable as long as you’re in it to win it (or wed it).
2. If you’re a first timer, don’t be embarrassed about reading a book on LDR’s, there’s some insightful shit in there.
3. Make each other laugh while you’re at work (it’s basically why Imgur was invented).
4. Go hang out with your friends when you start feeling lonely, don’t get all depressed and weird like your reclusive college roommate.
5. Don’t ever start an argument over something insignificant. Ever.
6. Be careful about who you discuss your relationship with. If you’re having a hard time, bring it up with your partner, not the entire checkout line at Trader Joes.
7. Have Skype dates often, so you can see that adorable mug you love so much.
8. That said, try to avoid over-communicating. With today’s technology it’s remarkably easy to Stage-5 Cling from across the planet.
9. If someone hits on you, be up front that you’re taken. An easy rule of thumb is, if you’re hunny was nearby, would you be doing what you’re doing? If not, bail.
10. When you visit each other, enjoy the little moments. Leave time for an extended snuggle sesh and, you know, other stuff.
11. When you talk to one another, avoid distractions and give them 100% of your attention. Even if it seems trivial to you, listen.
12. Don’t let anyone give you unsolicited advice or “insight” to your relationship. It will only confuse you.
13. Hold on to the light at the end of the tunnel. There’s no feeling like being reunited with the one person who makes you happy.