One thing in life I have dealt with a lot is distance. A lot of my friends and family are spread out and not very close to me. None of my family on my mom or dad’s side is in Johnson City; my mom’s relatives are mostly in Dandridge, TN (near Knoxville) and my Dad’s are in Pennsylvania. My dad actually has worked in Charlotte throughout the week for the past four years so I’ve only gotten to see him on the weekends. One of my very close friends moved to Montana and I haven’t seen him in four years (I get to see him this Summer though and I could not be more excited), and my very best friend moved to Knoxville this year to attend UT. Needless to say it can get really hard not having the people that I love and care about right near me.
The past year has seemed especially hard in the realm of long distance relationships. My best friend, Sarah, and I used to spend every single weekday together and that is no exaggeration. We went to the same high school and the same dance studio which meant we spent a lot of time with one another. Then September came and we were suddenly headed in separate directions. I was so used to being able to just hang out and visit one another whenever we wanted and now it’s really hard to not be able to do that. We still text a lot and visit when we can but it’s just not the same! I stay positive by remembering that we are experiencing amazing new things and this is just where our God’s plan is taking each of us. Even though we may not spend as much time together we are still best friends.
Not having family nearby has probably been one of the hardest things. I love all of my family members and love spending time with them but I feel like I never get to see them enough. The one good thing about that is the times we do spend together are really special. Every time I get to see them is a treasure and we get to make really great memories! We still stay really close by texting or snapchatting which definitely helps us stay connected. I don’t know what I would do without the support and love of my family. They make me who I am and I am so blessed to have them.
Dealing with distance can be a really hard thing to do. Luckily, there are things like Skype and FaceTime that make the distance not seem as long. Distance makes us cherish time spent together and realize just how lucky we are to have the people we have around us. New technologies definitely help ease the pain of being separated, but it’s never the same as being face to face. Stay positive by making sure to make every moment with people count and making sure to stay in touch with people. Don’t go too long without talking to someone and make sure they know they are valued. Also, never underestimate the power of good ole’ snail mail and a care package; it’s the things that can be physically held that can mean the most. Distance definitely sucks but it will never defeat you unless you give it the opportunity.
Have a great weekend and remember to always look for the positives.