Contributed by Tey Empeno
For the five years I’ve been in a long distance relationship, I can pretty much say it wasn’t easy at all. I firmly support the idea that every couple is different and we cannot just judge anyone who cannot be of the same preferences as ours. As for me, one thing is for sure. Every relationship should demand respect. I know the word demand seems like it comes from quite a negative tone in my claim. Especially when it comes to relationships. Some people will probably say that it shouldn’t be demanded rather instantly given. I used the word demand for the simplest reason. That’s how it worked and still works for us. I love the idea that both of us instilled in each other that respect is the key point to a successful relationship. I would never had survived our relationship if it wasn’t for that. You have to make your partner feel from the very start that it should be the basic principle you want to establish. Make him/her feel that you are worthy of his/her respect because that’s very different from assuming or expecting that it will be given without prior demands. Besides, not all people are the same and sensitive. Not everyone has the same idea of loving.