Back in the day when I was still getting a hang of relationships, I was often told that long-distance relationships do not work. And then why just told? I saw them falling apart all around me like a castle of cards. I remember my college days when a friend of mine rationalized the decision of breaking up because "it is so difficult when you are so far away," and I, forever the optimist and believer in making things work, could not really agree with the point. Then there were my roommates, one in particular, who was on an on-off relationship with her boyfriend mainly because she couldn't handle the distance.
I have had plenty of arguments with all sorts of people: friends, colleagues, random acquaintances and some that can not be easily slotted(I'll just call them people!) and to be honest, though I was still a believer and an optimist, I was losing the argument rather poorly. More people had broken up because of this long-distance thing than had worked on to sustain it.
Then, recently there was a twist in the tale where I suddenly met and spoke with a whole array of people who have and are successfully managing their long-distance relationships, some for as long as 5 years!!
They have proved that if you want things to work, they work and everything else just fades into the background.