Communication

In any relationship, romantic or otherwise, communication is vital. None of us are very good at reading minds, despite how often we may think otherwise, so when one person in a relationship goes silent, the other is left guessing. They may guess correctly, of course. But they also may guess incorrectly, which can lead to doubt and insecurity.
Historically, I’ve been bad at expressing my feelings verbally. It’s something I’ve tried to work on through the past years, and I think I’ve gotten better at it. Sometimes I even wonder if maybe I say too much. But it’s my belief that it is better to have put it out there on the table for the other to know, than to hold something back and leave them guessing.
Nothing will harm a relationship more than silence will. This is especially true for any type of long-distance relationship, where you don’t have body language to offer clues and you can’t just put your hand on their shoulder to let them know that you’re there for them and willing to listen to whatever their problems are, regardless of whether or not you can help fix them.
It’s an exercise in frustration. All you can do is be frustrated, and trust that they will open up at some point.

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