My Long-Distance Relationship is My Favorite Adventure

Geneva showed up at my house in March of 2013 in a rented car with a half-empty bag of trail mix, a big duffel bag full of clothes, and the cutest face on Earth. I didn't know at the time that it was what the next few years of my life would look like: me and her, slightly disheveled, heading somewhere in a car we didn't belong in. I didn't know at the time that being in love with Geneva was like being on an open road.

I flew on an airplane for the first time at 19, during the winter I was convinced I'd broken my life into pieces. I was going to a conference with a group from my school, but I requested to fly separately, hoping the alone time would do me well. I had the luck of being assigned a window seat. I asked the man next to me to help me buckle my seatbelt. I ate snack bags of pretzels and drank cups of free soda for lunch and dinner.

I cried every time the plane landed, wishing the flight was longer. I was struck by how beautiful it was to watch things so huge become t...

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Carmen

Carmen spent six years with Autostraddle, most recently as Community Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Managing Digital Editor at Ms. , host of Bitch Media's POPAGANDA podcast and Contributing Editor and co-founder of Argot magazine. Her words have also been published by BuzzFeed, ElixHER, Everyday Feminism, Girlboss, Mic, MEL, and Feministing, among others. Her successful work over the last decade in digital feminism—as a writer, social media maven and activist leader—has earned her the titles of "digital native," "intimidating to some," and "vapid and uninteresting." Everything else you need to know about her you can find out at carmenfuckingrios.com.

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