I have never been the type of person who believed in long distance relationships. I just never saw how it was truly possible to create a meaningful connection with someone who you were not with everyday. However, recently, my theory has been proved wrong. I have realized that it isn't the distance that creates the barrier, it is one's inability to open up and share feelings and experiences that causes the true distance. I have recently become even closer to a college friend from 600 miles away.
In college, we ran around with the same group of friends, went to the same parties, and took vacations together. Yet, it wasn't until I moved 600 miles away that we have begun talking daily, sharing life experiences, personal joys and triumphs. And although, the majority of our conversing occurs over gchat, this friend has become a permenant part of my daily life and into the ranks of a Best Friend. That fact alone places a large dent in the theory of may tech critics that say our generation is becoming "disconnected" in relationships, by becoming more "connected" virtually.
A relationship, whether near or far, is nourished when you take the time to become personally invested in someone else's life. To be a true friend means to rejoice in other's successes, and truly sorrow in their pains. And if you can achieve that, well, my friend, you are ahead of the curve.
I am so very thankful for all the relationships I have in my life. Thank you, Leigh for inspiring me to blog, and also for opening my eyes in matters of love and relationships, and what it takes to be a good friend!