To my loving boyfriend,
We’ve been in a long-distance relationship now for four years. That’s pretty impressive! All of our friend’s relationships have crumbled since then. The couples we thought would withstand the hardships were often the first to break apart. They couldn’t handle the time apart the way we can. Because even when we’re apart, you will be in my heart. Always.
We’ve had some rough patches. I remember, two years back, we almost broke apart. It’s easy to understand why. We hadn’t seen each other in a month. We had new friends, new places of study, new lives, completely separate from each other. That was something I could never get used to. When we first got together, it was simple. We went to college together. We saw each other every day. We didn’t live too far apart either, so we could easily visit one another.
Now, you live miles and miles away. It’s much harder now than it was at the start. But it’s got easier over time. We recovered from the year where we thought things might fall apart. It was a horrible year. We fought a lot, and we were never really the type of couple to fight. We did back then. Horrible shouting matches that make my skin crawl. But now, we live in peace. We smile. We laugh. We get along.
There are so many reasons I had doubts about us from the start. I had come from a broken relationship. I was a broken girl. But there’s a reason you will be in my heart, forever and always. And that’s because you helped to fix me. You picked me up and mended me when I was at my weakest. You taught me how it feels to love someone and have them love you back with all of their heart. You taught me that even though we’re endlessly different to one another, it doesn’t matter. In our case, opposites do attract. We belong together, and even though there was a time where I wasn’t sure I believed that, I do now.
You have forgiven me for so many sins. You’ve held me and told me it’s okay after I made a mistake. I should have broken us with the things I did. But your heart is so full of love, and so full of forgiveness, that you would never let my destructive behaviour be the end of us. You are a saint. I can’t tell you how lucky I am to be with a man like you. I didn’t always appreciate it, but I swear I do now, and I swear I will for as long as we remain together. I hope that’s for a very long time to come.
I can’t tell the future, or what it holds for us. But I’m almost certain that it’s our destiny to stay together. I’ve never felt that way about a man before. In the past, I could always see that we would crash and burn at some point. I knew I was always going to get hurt – I could see it coming from a mile off. But it’s not like that with you. When I think of our future, I feel good. I know we won’t always live far apart. I know that someday, we’ll live together, and I’ll get to experience waking up next to you every morning. I know that after all these years, you will be in my heart for a long, long time – if not forever. I wouldn’t have it any other way.