Neither Leo nor Guang Hong have been in a serious relationship before the relationship between the two of them. That and the fact that it’s an extremely long-distance relationship with two completely different cultures can sometimes cause problems. Some of them are funny- like that time Guang Hong burped rather loudly while having dinner with Leo’s family and didn’t excuse himself- but others have almost ended their relationship, like the month or so Leo kept missing Skype calls because of a sudden increase in school work and Guang Hong felt neglected and accused Leo of cheating. The issues have always been resolved, but some instances still sting.
The worst thing about a long distance relationship is when your partner is feeling down, or their anxiety hits them hard, or just when they are sad you can only say things to help. You feel powerless to do anything.
For once I’m trying to not procrastinate on a reading assignment. Whenever I have assignments due a week from when I learn about them I always make homework immediately due the priority and that’s primarily why I procrastinate. But today I was scheduled to work an extra hour so I used the extra time to map out how many pages a day I need to read to finish this book a day before it’s due. It’s called The Three-Body Problem and it’s a lot more interesting than I expected. My professor certainly didn’t do it justice when he described it in class.
A quiet afternoon with some tea and reading is just what I needed. I’ve been having some relationship stress and I think today we finally found a way to make the situation work. It’s hard to care about someone far away and I’m learning whether or not long distance is something my heart can handle.
I’m looking forward to having off from work this weekend. My hope is to use one day to sleep and another day to get as much work done as possible!