Many may say long relationships just don’t work. It is said that the distance extinguishes the fire, the passion and the desire that the couple feel towards each other. We want to believe that in order to be sure that the person we desire and love feels the same way about us. It is the only way of knowing for sure is having them close? Close enough to watch their every move? Many would differ on such an idea. Let’s take high school sweetheart as an example. How many of you know at least one couple who fits into “they were high school sweet hearts”? How many of you know couples who met thru a friend of a friend, online, thru chat rooms or a blind date? What guarantees that a couple is going to make it and that what they have will last a life time? Let’s take the following story and see if we can make you believe in long distance relationships. Although this is a true story we want to keep the identities confidential, so we are calling her Maggie and we are going to call him Brad. About 15 years ago, Maggie and Brad met over phone thru one of Maggie’s uncles. Just like many people the idea of talking to a complete stranger did not seem right; she wasn’t used to this kind of interaction. Never less she accepted to have one conversation, which turned into the first of many more to come. For the next three months Maggie and Brad talked on the phone every day for more than 3 hours a day. They wrote letters t each other, provided pictures of one another and above all they were just a phone call away from each other when they needed each other. Although this began as a friendship and the cards were laid out from the beginning, they could not help feeling all that they were as the days went by. The need to talk to each other, to hear each other and share their daily activities to each other grew by the day. Then one day Brad popped the question, “Will you marry me?” Although Maggie liked Brad and she desire nothing more than to meet him, hug him and kiss him, the question caught her by surprise. Thinking that this was all a joke she accepted. A month later Brad showed up at her door step, their eyes met for the very first time, their lips locked and their bodies became one as they hugged each other tight. After the first kiss, Maggie knew in her heart that she had found the one, her future husband, and the man she would wake up with every morning for the rest of her life. Even though it was the perfect beginning, it hasn’t been easy. Like many couples they have struggle to make their marriage work. Issues have rise from families not accepting their marriage, the difficult to adapt, financial hardship, and separation. Yet they have manage to achieve a lasting marriage, we all know that is hard to do when you date someone in “normal” circumstance such as “high school sweet hearts”. The place, the how, then when, or the time you meet someone doesn’t determine how long you will make it together. Whether your relationship succeeds of fails is determined by how much you are willing to commit to that person and your feelings. What makes a relationship work is not determine by whether it is a next door relationship, a 10 mile away relationship or like in Maggie’s and Brad case, thousands of miles in between type of relationship. What makes a relationship work is based on the commitment each person has with the other, on how willing they are to invest the time, the feelings, the trust, the communication, in a nutshell do whatever it takes to be together. Love will conqueror all, even long distance. After all, Maggie and Brad are celebrating 11 years of marriage. So do you think you have what it takes to make your long distance relationship work?