Sometimes i can’t help but marvel at how modern technology just made everything easier– and the world much smaller — for us.
About 16 years ago, I had a relationship with this guy who lives at the other side of the world. He came here for a vacation… and found me, instead. The irony is, we met a month before he was supposed to go back to his homeland and we started dating a week before his departure. So obviously, ours ended up being a long distance relationship. We were so in love then and we promised that we would make it work, distance or no distance.
It was 1994 and we still had to depend on snail mail. Snail mail and Fedex. Every two weeks, we would expect a letter or a package waiting at our respective doorsteps. We spent a fortune at long distance calls, too. We would talk on the phone every weekend for about an hour (sometimes, two). This went on for six months (which at that time seemed like an eternity). Then he flew back here for Christmas, stayed here for a couple of months, then went back home with the promise that we will make the long distance relationship last…
… and then he was gone. Gone forever.
No, he did not die or anything. We just proved that long distance relationships, well, never really go the distance (pardon the pun, please). We pretty much showed everybody that no matter how “in love” two people are, the distance between them can really take its toll. I think it took all of three months after he left the second time when we came to the realization that it was difficult. Actually, he came to that realization first (and was too immature not to tell me)… ergo, the relationship basically ended badly — with me cursing him to high heavens, that is. So basically, he could have just died and i wouldn’t have minded at that time (that was me being mature about the break up).
But i digress. Point is, fast forward 16 years later, present day 2010… Because of the world wide web, because of YM, emails, facebook, webcams, text messages and cellphone calls that don’t cost a fortune, we are now in touch with people who are at the other side of the world. My best friend/person lives at the other side of the world, too, and I chat with her almost every day. My friends and relatives who are in countries of different time zones are always updated about the news and happenings here. In real time. It’s a small world, after all.
Sometimes I do wonder whether my relationship with the guy would have lasted if we had all these communication tools then. Maybe we wouldn’t have felt the distance right away. Perhaps it wouldn’t have felt like we were having an affair with a piece of paper. Though it would probably be like having a virtual relationship (or having a relationship with the computer), well at least the other party answers back fast… no need to wait for two weeks.
But then long distance is still long distance. It’s still upto the people involved whether they will let the distance get in the way… or work on the relationship until they are together once more.
could have been us…
In case you are wondering what happened to long distance-guy… Well, we found each other in facebook a couple of years ago. Yeah, who would have thought. But then 16years is a long time, and people change. I guess you pretty much have an idea how it went…
It went nowhere. He’s just so 1994.
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