Gonna try to make this whole post a TL;DR version of my current concern... I "recently" got out of a long-term, live-in relationship. Moved out of the toxic environment, got my own place, and resolved to give myself time to become me again. No dating, no dudes, just me and my cats in my happy space.
After about 6 months, I got to the point where I thought it might be worth it to start casually looking around. Went on a couple of dates with some really great people, but nothing panned out to anything more. No problem, no concerns, just general taking it slow.
Over Thanksgiving, I went to a friend and colleague's place and ended up hitting it off with his out-of-state friend from childhood. We had a great time together that was as close as one can get to one of those silly rom-com summer romances but crammed into just one long weekend and as adults in the winter... Naturally, at the close of the weekend, this guy had to go back home - some 1200 miles and a timezone away.
We've stayed in touch and, much to my personal chagrin, I seem to have "caught feelings" (as the cool kids say). For the first couple of days after he left, I thought about whether I wanted to keep dating in my area, continue with my break as I'm clearly still a mess, or see where this whole thing leads. Now, a couple weeks on, I'm leaning towards the third option, but also know how long distance relationships can go.
So, FGB community, I'm wondering what kind of experiences and of y'all who have been in a long distance relationship had. When did the long distance part start? Did it work? Do you feel like it was worth it?