My boyfriend and I have been dating for 7 years. We started dating in senior year of high school and we went to separate colleges and we traded off visiting each other ever other weekend. After 4 years of college, we have been living together for 2+ years now. I just started a new job that requires me to travel a lot, and I am having a hard time with the travel. I hate being apart from my boyfriend so often, and I can't help feeling like I did my time already and we should not have to be apart anymore. It didn't bother me as much before work, when it was just spending a little time apart when necessary to visit family or friends (my boyfriend is in his last year of law school so sometimes I would have some free time when he was busy and I would use it to visit). I know that some of what I am feeling is that traveling for work is hard and sometimes scary, but what bothers me the most is when I part from my boyfriend right before a trip, I remember watching him drive away from my dorm, weekend after weekend for 4 years. I had great friends in college and I had a great experience there, but I remember how painful it was to be apart, even when we could talk on the phone every night. I get a fear that we will have to go back to being apart and only seeing each other for a short, homework-filled Saturday.
Has anyone else who spent time in a long distance relationship and has since been living together experienced this? I looked online and I couldn't find anyone else who talked about what it was like *after* a successful long-distance relationship. Has anyone found anything that helps put their travel back into perspective? Even just hearing that other people have felt scars from being in a long-distance relationship (even a great one) would help me.