With the recent stories about people successfully finding their mates at an older age, it seems that there was always one person who had that Aha! Moment on their first face to face. Maybe it wasn't exactly love at first sight, but they knew it was special.
If a person is within driving distance, regardless how you define that, you have the opportunity to let the relationship grow and let the spark ignite. But that is not so easy from a long distance when you don’t see each very often.
Does at least one person need to have that Aha! Moment for an LDR to work?