Alright, calm down, mate, I'm very inexperienced when it comes to this sort of thing as I'm only 16 and a bit of a social outcast. I'm not actually in a relationship with this person to be honest - I'm crushing and I asked this question to see what the situation would be if it did work out.
The point is that relationships take time and effort. Is 36 minutes any real time and effort? I drive 3 times that (more in traffic) every Sunday to go to Disneyland. The question is how far are you willing to go to get what you want. For me in went from the west coast of southern Californian to the east coast of southern Canada. It was a two year relationship in which she eventually dumped me for someone closer. But 18 miles... that's nothing.
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I was a 3.5/4 hour drive from my boyfriend for a year. That is long distance to me