Being in a long distance relationship is tough–it’s a lot of pining, missing, hankering and then pining some more. But in between scheduling Skype calls and taking selfies of your own butt to send, there’s a bright side. I, like Bradley Cooper, believe that you should look for the silver linings playbook in every situation, so here are the best things about being in a long distance relationship.
1. You get to be a bed hog
I’m a sheet stealer and a spread-eagler, so being able to have a bed to myself at night is kind of a big deal. Couple that with the fact that I’m a super light sleeper–snoring makes it hard for me to sleep soundly–being able to sleep alone is quite a luxury. The downside is that there’s no gorgeous face on the pillow next to you when you wake up in the morning.
2. You don’t have to wax or shave or wear nice knickers or even shower
I like to preen myself for the one who has my heart (not because of some anti-feminist sentiment but because I am an autonomous woman who enjoys doing nice things and feeling good, so pre-emptive middle finger to those of you turning up your noses being all like “oh but like that is sahhhh 50s to try and be cute for your boyfriend.” You’re a bunch of jackasses.), so being in a long distance relationship not only means I can let my leg hairs grow into gorilla like matting, I can also go out to the bar and not put in any effort at all if I don’t want. When you’re in a long distance relationship it doesn’t matter if your period vagina smells like salami because SMELL-O-VISION ISN’T A THING YET. The downside, obviously, is that you stink. It is kinda fun to run your hand against the grain of spikey leg hairs though.
3. There’s someone out there you like enough to do this for
SCORE! You met a person you are willing to spite distance for. And they are doing the same for you! You are two people who are willing to accept the challenges presented by your physical situation because YOU LIKE EACH OTHER SO MUCH. That is special. There is no downside to that. Chances are if you can navigate the distance problem with relative ease, your face to face relationship will be a damn cake walk.
4. It’s super fucking cute
Sending adorable text and cooing “I miss you” over Skype? Constantly reminding each other how much you like each other and that you can’t wait to see each other again? That shit gets super fucking cute.
5. Your actual time together is going to be amazing
When there’s no time to waste, every minute counts, and everything will feel special and lovely and honeymooney. Plus, when your significant other visits for a week and you become couple hermits, your friends can’t say jack shit because you have the built in retort that you never get to spend time together. You also get to see your friends as much as you like, and can still get self-righteously bitchy when THEY spend too much time with their partners.
6. Looking forward to seeing the other person
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and while it’s bittersweet to be enamoured to someone who is so far away, it’s a beautiful thing to daydream about them. And who the hell doesn’t think airport kisses and romantic weekends away aren’t just the most delightfully magical things ever? I will fight the person who doesn’t.