I am in a Long Distance Relatiosnhip (LDR), but what makes my situation unique (though, not entirely rare) is that there is also an Age Gap.
I'm 19; he's 25--a 6 year difference. We've been together for a year already. I'm in College. He lives 3 hours away, and usually travels around the world for months at a time.
We met when he was visiting family for the Holidays back when he was living in Thailand at one point. I was working at a Family Restaurant as a server, right before I went off to college. So, to us, it's remarkable that we would meet when we were both coincidentally in our hometowns--because we have a ridiculous amount in common. ("homerown," I grew up outside of the US, but that's beside the point).
Long Story Short, I was his server. We chatted it up, where we both find out that we have Scuba Diving in common, and then it escalated from there. What went from a mutual love of scuba diving, and the ocean, when to a mutual love of Latin America, Travel, Latin Music, etc--and this we find out at our first date on New Year Eve.
He was gorgeous that night. He just came back from the South of Thailand, so he was bleached blond, delishiously tan, and incredibly toned from the soccer he'd play on the beach near Koh Phi Phi. And in one night, I was falling in love with the idea of him, falling in love with his words, watching his silohuette in the car as we kissed and caressed each other for what seemed the last time til he left again. It was poetry. It was lovely. And it pure infatuation.
Over 3 months, the more we got to know each other, the more we found out how much more we had in common with each other--past interests, past music, past hobbies. We were brought up the same way, had the same views on family, wanted the same things out of life, had the same goals, passions, and a lot, lot more. You may think that this is common, but it is remarkable in its details, in the commonness and the exactness of our extremely rare passions.
We also had great chemistry.
And our families are within a few miles within each other--which makes for easy in-law access. ;) I Joke!
And the distance made the Romance Bitter-aching-sweet.
Eventually (in 2 months) he comes back to the same city where I live--a few months short before I leave for college. The relationship went really slow. It was both taxing to us. Even in the same city, he lived an hour away, and the both of us worked. I was also living with parents, and I had a curfew.
The age was never an issue until he realized the living situation with my parents.
And the strain of trying to cope with keeping us together (sans the fireworks--which was gone, due to stress) made us take a break from the relationship.
The absense of me, and the absense of him prooved... too much. We would rather be together even if the circumstances were difficult, rather than not at all. It wasn't everyday that you'd meet someone like this, we understood.
We tried to look at the Bigger Picture--the end result. We've been playing with the idea of marriage once I finish college, but that (for the both of us) is too soon a decision, as we are both in very unstable environments--me, in college; him, everywhere. Both, meeting new people all the time. So while we both are so deeply in love with each other, planning our future together, we cannot mention "marriage."
He is sincere about me--please don't misunderstand. I've introduced him to my parents, and my friends. He's introduced me to his friends, and his family are aware of my existence--I've even met his brothers, and his dad. However, his mom is very against our relationship. I've never met her, but she strongly believes that he is "robbing the cradle," and strongly disapproves.
I don't know what to do about that yet. I don't mind waiting til I become old enough for the age gap to not be that big of a deal--our relationship seems to be about patience, anyway. And I'm hoping that she'll come round soon.
So this is me, in my Long Distance Relationship.
Cheers, and Good Luck!