by BRINLEE VUOLA
Many people won’t relate to this topic right off the bat. We’re all at school, and most of the time, our best friends or significant others are here at the same school with us, hanging out during lunch and talking during the passing period. Some people aren’t as lucky. Whether it be they live on the other side of town and go to another school in the district, with strict parents who don’t let them go out, or they live in another state, or perhaps a completely different country that make traveling to see them expensive. People who are lucky enough to have the most important people to them by their side may not understand the pain that other people have — people who have to make certain schedules to get a little call or text from that certain someone. Some of those people are new to that feeling and others aren’t; but even if it isn’t a new feeling, it can still cause a lot of pain when something happens that reminds someone of that person so far away.
Being able to maintain long-distance relationships has definitely gotten easier throughout the years. We have technological devices that are able to help us get into easy contact with someone at a single touch of the screen. Back in olden days, people didn’t have that; however, some people may still not have a device today, making communication a bit harder than what the social norms are these days. When it comes to maintaining a long-distance relationship, communication is key. Without it, you completely lose touch with that person, just as you would lose touch with anyone around you — at school, perhaps — if communication’s gone. Except if that person lives too far away, you can’t talk to them in person. Texting, calling, letter writing, those little things can mean a lot, even if a conversation only lasts 30 minutes a day. Trust is extremely important as well; when it comes to a relationship, it’s easy to backstab and date someone in real life while talking with that other person across the world. I personally believe that if you love someone so much, distance doesn’t matter, and you’ll do whatever you can to make that person happy and valid even if you aren’t physically there. When you see that person in real life, for the first time in a long time, the moment is extremely special and to be cherished. And it can bring you more realization and more proof that no matter what, that person means so much to you, and life wouldn’t be the same without them.
I’m doing my part in maintaining a long-distance relationship at the moment. My best friend lives in Hanford, which isn’t too far away, but this school year’s been tough without her. But with strong communication, we haven’t lost touch. It’s undeniably hard for both me and her, but we aren’t giving up obviously, for that would hurt much more. We have a lot of trust, talk, and love between one another, so even with the pain hitting me once and awhile, things are going pretty well.