Dear Mind Over Miles,

I’ve been in an LDR on and off for about 4 years now. The first go round was hard on me and I chose to be with someone else for a while. But I always missed him, even if everyone around me was telling me an LDR wasn’t good for me.

This time around I know how I feel. I think I’ve known for a long time, but it was hard for me to accept. I love him and I always will. Recently he’s started to see that he loves me too and actually says it. But it bothers him a little. We have never met in person and are very far from each other. Does love really transcend miles and distance? Even without the meeting?


Dear Elise,

First, absolutely, positively, most definitely, love can transcend miles, distance and time! DO NOT let other people tell you what is and isn’t good for you unless there is a serious cause for alarm. Only you can make decisions about your own life. Take what other people say with a grain of salt, be polite, but don’t let them get to you.

Take what other people say about your LDR with a grain of salt.

Take what other people say about your LDR with a grain of salt.

This happens a lot in a LDR. That being said a LDR is extremely difficult. I will not sugar coat it. I am not sure what has caused the on/off 4-year relationship, but that might be a red flag as to whether or not it will work for you two. You will want to seriously think of the reasons and causes for the past break ups and determine if they are repeatable.

You have already said that the LDR was hard on you; is this something you can endure for a long period of time? There are ways of making a LDR easier for you, but I could list ideas for hours! That’s what this magazine is about!

The issue here seems to be whether or not you both are on the same page and are ready for such a committed relationship at this point in your life. Most couples in an LDR are in it with the belief that they will one day be together and many successful LDR’s had a plan to get there. Do your life dreams and goals align with his to the point where you can picture eventually coming together? Ask him what his hesitations are. Discuss what a LDR would mean for both of your individual goals and your own futures.

The best advice I can provide is to just give this a lot of thought. Is an LDR going to cause you or him to sacrifice too much of who you are and your goals in life? If so, you may want to reconsider. If it does not seem doable (even if you have deep feelings for each other they can fade over time) you would be able to find someone to make you just as happy if not more, later down the road. If it does seem like something you want to commit too, make a plan to meet up, and to eventually close the gap. Knowing it’s not permanent can help you get through it.

Dear readers, what words of advice would YOU share with Elise? Do you think love can transcend miles and distance? Share your thoughts in the comments below!